The Cuban Prospect:

“With disarming intensity, humor, and great heart, Brian Shawver tells the story of Dennis Birch, a washed up thirty-four-year-old failed ball player turned minor league scout whose field of dreams has always been baseball. No longer a candidate for baseball greatness himself—if he ever was—Dennis accepts the challenge of smuggling a hot left-handed pitcher out of Cuba in the hope that promoting the greatness of another will somehow confer a small, manageable portion of it on himself. A novel of last-ditch hopes, destiny’s curve balls, and quiet redemption, The Cuban Prospect projects a vision at once humorous, harrowing, and affirming.”



“East Breed’s Pennsylvania, is the sort of blue-collar town that simmers with barely concealed prejudices. One Friday night, in the parking lot of a chain restaurant, a brutal fight breaks out between the privileged boys from St. Brendan’s and a group of kids from the local high school. Casey Fielder, the restaurant’s manager, watches the melee but does nothing to stop it. When the fight ends, Colin Chase, a handsome, cocky St. Brendan’s student, is severely brain-damaged. Haunting and heartbreaking, Aftermath portrays the lasting effects of that night: Casey loses his job and is determined to discover what led to the fight. Lea, Colin’s mother, hopes to reclaim her remote and defiant son. And both of them are drawn to a girl who seems to have played a larger role in Colin’s life than anyone knew.”


The Language of Fiction:

“The rare stylebook you really want to read, cover to cover, for curiosity and pleasure.  Shawver makes the basic rules of usage plain—the better to break them, when the need arises, with vigor and poise.”    -Salvatore Scibona