Four-Finger Singer and His Late Wife Kate
Book Feature - Four-Finger Singer and His Late Wife Kate by Arthur D. Hittner
HBL Note: I had the opportunity to interview Arthur D. Hittner this past June when I featured his book Artist, Solider, Lover, Muse. Arthur is back with his next novel, Four-Finger Singer and His Late Wife Kate. I come from a family of baseball fans, we live in the St. Louis area so of course we are loyal to our beloved Cardinals. I was excited to learn that Arthur’s next book featured a baseball player but with a little bit of a romantic story that I love and a mystery that’ll keep the pages turning. Scroll down to read more about this book.
From the publisher:
In the tradition of W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams) comes a darkly comic novel of life, love, death, and baseball. The only son of overachieving parents, Jake Singer goes from left-handed Little League legend to pro baseball prospect at Stanford. When a freak accident involving mob enforcers and a case of mistaken identity interrupts his budding career, he retreats to law school ("I'm not sure what's worse: having your index finger forcibly amputated by a mob goon or spending three years at Harvard Law School"). Years later in Cambridge, he meets Kate, lately arrived from Iowa, a perky twenty-year-old waitress with a secret past. An unlikely romance blossoms into an unlikely marriage--one quickly plagued by a parade of blunders and revelations. Haunted by her missteps and in the throes of leaving her husband, Kate suffers a catastrophic rendezvous with a runaway truck. While Jake finds solace in an improbable return to baseball, Kate transcends her sudden, tragic death, resolving to redeem herself posthumously, interceding in her widower's life in a well-intentioned but often hilarious campaign to ensure his success on the ball field and in the bedroom.