Veterans Park

Don J. Snyder, Author Franklin Watts $0 (257p) ISBN 978-0-531-15049-8
The small Maine town of Waterboro has two noteworthy attractions: a minor league farm team for the Cleveland Indians and an enormous Air Force base. When placed in the context of the Vietnam war, the New York Mets, the moon-landing and the general commotion of the last summer of the 1960s, they take on a larger symbolism. Snyder's fine novel, the first of a projected trilogy, has some strong and interesting characters: a dying potato farmer; his daughter and granddaughter; several members of the farm team including a star pitcher on his way to the majors; and a black first baseman on his way anywhere. But it is the town of Waterboro, the vignettes in the fields, the used-car lots, the motels and the diners, that make this work memorable. Although the author tries to wrap things up a bit too neatly at the end, and although the heroine indulges in too many philosophical cliches, Snyder's tight and often lyrical prose more than compensates for these flaws. (April 20)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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