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    • 210 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 210 pages
  • Keywords
    • Contemporary Canadian Literature,
    • Contemporary Literature & Fiction,
    • Sports,
    • Amateur sleuths,
    • Historical fiction,
    • immigration

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Woman Behind Home Plate
by J. Stephen Thompson

Who is this woman? At every Toronto Blue Jays game, an elderly woman sits behind home plate, her story a mystery. When sports journalist Richard Dixon notices the reclusive woman, he finds himself enthralled, determined to uncover her identity. Marchesa di Mentone was twelve years old when her family was imprisoned in Italy during the second world war. After a miraculous escape, Marchesa finds herself an orphan, her parents and sister presumed dead. Her world changed forever, Marchesa leaves Italy behind to build a new life for herself in Scotland, cared for by distant relatives. Despite tragedy, Marchesa thrives, marrying the love of her life, Andy, and immigrating to Canada. However, when Andy’s health deteriorates, Marchesa knows she will face the painful sting of grief once more. Now alone in Toronto, Marchesa’s path is destined to cross with Richard’s. Their blossoming friendship emboldens Marchesa to revisit a past she thought too painful to excavate. In doing so, she may just recover something precious she thought long-lost in the destruction of war.

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J. Stephen Thompson is a Canadian author and lover of baseball. An avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, he has published several books, including The Woman Behind Home Plate (2023), The Aftermath (2012), Lincoln Cathedral (2018), Through a Special Lens: The Photography of Jack E. Thompson (2005), Collaborations: Tales from the Raven Café (2010) and more. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. He regularly attends theatre and enjoys Canadian, Scottish, and Irish fiction.


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