Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
It’s mid-spring, and what could go better with mid-spring than a baseball novel?
The Prospect is now available for purchase and download (Kindle edition) at the unheard of price of just 99 cents.
A fine-looking paperback edition is also ready to ship for a penny less than a sawbuck. Here’s the front/back cover:
In case my relentless pre-publication hawking has eluded you, The Prospect is the story of how a young woman, Jo Carpenter, makes her way to the big leagues, with the aid and admiration of minor-league scout, Bud Esterhaus.
When seasoned baseball scout, Bud Esterhaus, recruits phenom pitcher, Joe Carpenter, for the El Centro Sand Cats, he thinks he might be able to wind down his career with a patina of quality. But as Joe climbs through the minor league ranks and attracts the attention of the L.A. Dodgers, Bud is stunned to discover that the budding star is actually a girl—a she-nom—and the whole plan will come crashing down if he can’t cook up a way to keep her identity hidden from the testosterone-steeped world of professional baseball. Joe Carpenter is really Jo Carpenter, and Bud thinks she’s good enough to be the first woman to make The Show.
In The Prospect, Kevin Brennan (author of Parts Unknown—William Morrow/HarperCollins) shows us one way—with a little Shakespearean gender bending—a woman could find herself playing in Major League Baseball. The Natural meets Bull Durham meets A League of Their Own in this warm girl-powered story.
By the way, the moment I realized that Bud could easily be played by Greg Kinnear, I started fantasizing about the future movie that could come of this tale. If you know Mr. Kinnear or his agent, pass the word!
As for the gal to play Jo? I think we’re looking for a fresh-faced unknown who will light up the world with her moxie and irrepressible charm. Open casting.
Tis the season. Baseball season, that is. Get into the spirit with The Prospect.