Box Socials

Box Socials

by W. P. Kinsella


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“A whimsical portrait of 1940s-era small-town life, crowded with everything from owl-calling contests to raucous, five-day Ukrainian weddings. It's a delightful comic ramble, written in quirky, digressive style. . . . Richly textured.”—Los Angeles Times

Here's the story of how Truckbox Al McClintock, a small-town greaser whose claim to fame was hitting a baseball clean across the Pembina River, almost got a tryout with the genuine St. Louis Cardinals—but instead ended up batting against Bob Feller of Cleveland Indian Fame in Renfrew Park, Edmonton, Alberta. Along the way to Al's moment of truth at the plate, we learn about the bizarre, touchingly hilarious lives and loves of just about anyone who ever passed through New Oslo, Fark, or Venusberg.

Full of the crackle of down-home folk tales, by turn randy, riveting, and heart-breaking, Box Socials is the triumph of Kinsella's career.

Praise for Box Socials

“Wonderful . . . Charming and funny . . . If you've never been to a box social, go to this one.”—Fannie Flagg, The New York Times Book Review

“A sweeping comic work . . . Welcome to the seductively poetic fictional world of W.P. Kinsella.”People

“A story filled with nostalgia about a time when the game was played on real grass and was called on account of darkness. . . . A down-home style that resembles the humorous voice of Garrison Keillor.”The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345382535
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/1993
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

W. P. (Bill) Kinsella was the author of some 24 books and more than 200 stories. He was best known for his baseball fiction: The Thrill of the Grass; Go the Distance; The Iowa Baseball Confederacy; The Dixon Cornbelt League; Box Socials; and Shoeless Joe, his multi-award-winning novel that became the classic movie Field of Dreams, nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Kinsella's other books include Dance Me Outside (also made into a feature film); Scars; Born Indian; The Moccasin Telegraph; The Fencepost Chronicles; The Miss Hobbema Pageant; and Red Wolf, Red Wolf, from which the story "Lieberman in Love" was adapted for the screen and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Short Feature. He died in 2016.

Date of Birth:

May 25, 1935

Date of Death:

September 16, 2016

Place of Birth:

Edmonton, Alberta


University of Victoria

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Box Socials 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It is full of humor and heart. I would recomend this exceptional book to anyone.