🏆 2020 BIBA® Mainstream Winner! –
“Through a Broken Window” draws you down into working-class, mid-60s New Jersey, some edge-of-nowhere neighborhood near New York, a gritty world of struggling delis and little businesses and small-town hoods connected to bigger hoods. It puts you inside living, breathing characters you care about, who do things you wish they wouldn’t, and whom you follow with bated breath to see how they’ll get out of this. And the prose convinces you that, yes, small-time troubles such as these can feel so big to a boy of 12, an age when baseball can feel like the center of the universe, and winning the city tournament is a do-or-die situation. Literally.
“Through a Broken Window” is a coming of age saga, a family drama, a Boy vs. Mob crime thriller, with an ever-present softball tournament running through its core.