A 60's boomer tells her WWII mother's story of growing up in a small mill (cereal) town and being a member of a woman's baseball team.
I found this book in the rental we stayed at in Siesta Key, Florida. It's after WWII and their are few eligible men left in a small town in Minnesota. Irinia and her friends work at the mill under its owner, an irascible gent who schemes to promote his products by having a travelling, all-women baseball team made up of the workers. The story of the women is told by Irinia's daughter, a child of the 60's Vietnam and hippie era.
I found the writing uneven and tired a bit of the eccentricities of the mill owner and his wife and his invented "Margaret Collins" spokeswoman, a Betty Crocker clone. The story was entertaining nonetheless and could provide fodder for a discussion of women's roles.
"...and we still think we live in a Disney cartoon" Comment by Irinia's father about Americans after WWII.
"Back then there were no street lights so people could still see the dark [by starlight]"
"It was part of growing up, you began to enjoy nasty things like onions, broccoli, coffee and sleep."
Published: 1996 Read: August 2014 Genre: Fiction