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The Sweetheart Season

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As a rebellious daughter of the sixties recalls the year her mother played baseball in 1947, two luminous stories begin to unfold in America's heartland, one lived and one imagined. . . .
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As a rebellious daughter of the sixties recalls the year her mother played baseball in 1947, two luminous stories begin to unfold in America's heartland, one lived and one imagined. . . .
Product Details
Paperback (384 pages)
Published: February 10, 1998
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345416421
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