Magic Season: A Son's Story (Hardcover)
Wade Rouse has written an unforgettable memoir about the fraught relatioship with his father growing up in a small town in the Ozarks of Missour. The one connection they had was baseball and their love for the St. Louis Cardinals. During his father's last days as he and his husband care for him, Wade reflects on his attempts to heal the past while they watch a dramatic Cardinals playoff game. Wade is a master storyteller-- you'll both grin and grieve. So compelling I had to read this remarkable book in one sitting. A real gem. (And you don't have to like baseball!)— From Robin's Picks
"Honest, authentic, heartbreaking and healing. I devoured it in one day."--Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Wade Rouse, bestselling author under the pen name Viola Shipman, finds solace with his dying father through their shared love of baseball in this poignant, illuminating memoir of family and forgiveness.
Before his success in public relations, his loving marriage and his storied writing career, Wade Rouse was simply Ted Rouse's son. A queer kid in a conservative Ozarks community, Wade struggled at a young age to garner his father's approval and find his voice. For his part, Ted was a hard-lined engineer, offering little emotional support or encouragement. But Wade and Ted had one thing in common: an undying love of the St. Louis Cardinals.
For decades, baseball offered Wade and his father a shared vocabulary--a way to stay in touch, to connect and to express their emotions. But when his father's health takes a turn for the worst, Wade returns to southwest Missouri to share one final season with his father. As the Cards race towards a dramatic pennant race, Wade and his father begin to open up in way they never thought possible. Together, inning by inning during their own magic season, they'll move towards forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.
Heartfelt, hilarious and lovingly rendered, Magic Season is an unforgettable story of love, family and forgiveness against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime.