Play for a Kingdom

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SKU: 37827 Category: Tags: ,

Author: Dyja Thomas

Brand: Mariner Books

Edition: First

Package Dimensions: 18x214x726

Number Of Pages: 432

Release Date: 01-10-1998

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In this “brilliantly imagined and neatly plotted” Civil War novel (Boston Globe), two battle-scarred companies-one Union, one Confederate-embark on a series of baseball games amid the carnage at Spotsylvania. “Wonderfully conceived and eloquently executed” (Caleb Carr). Maps.


“Dyja has crafted a deep and mature first novel realistically encompassing two pillars of American history and culture. Stirring and original…If the baseball passages are deftly written, the battle scenes are yet more skillfully drawn. As Thomas Dyja proves with this impressive novel, peering into human desperation can produce insight and prose of unusual eloquence.” —
Charles Fountain, Christian Science Monitor

“Engrossing…The band of soldiers whose stories Dyja tells form a microcosm of our country, circa 1864. The novel builds up considerable suspense and drama…The overall impact of Dyja’s panorama is devastating and memorable.” —
Diane Cole, Newsday

“First-time author Thomas Dyja packs a lot of heat with PLAY FOR A KINGDOM. (He) captures the glory of American” favorite pastime in the backdrop of America’s bloody civil war. (and) takes the reader on a wild ride from the battlefields to the makeshift baseball diamonds” —
Denice Santangelo, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Thomas Dyja knows how to mix his ingredients. In this innovative and original first novel he blends two staples of the Americans psyche-The Civil War and baseball- into a recipe for a very readable book. The battle scenes ring true…And the baseball scenes ring true as well. Dyja’s book is admirably wrought.” —
John C. Waugh, Washington Post Bookworld

“Wonderfully conceived and eloquently executed. Story, character, and research have received equal effort – and together they achieve truly captivating results.” —
Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness

Dyja has created a sweeping novel of humanity on the battlefield, peopled with provocative characters. The author bring sit all vividly to life. PLAY FOR A KINGDOM is that rare treat – a novel that interweaves war and play, an ironic tale told with compassion. Watch Tom Dyja.” —
Santa Barbara News-Press

Powerful…Dyja’s descriptions of battle are vivid and convincing…(He) skillfully develops an array of characters and weaves a complex tale, so that the two companies (of soldiers) become microcosms of two armies. —
Tom Pilkington, Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Thomas Dyja has worked as a bookseller, a literary agent, an editor, and a book packager.
Play for a Kingdom won the 1998 Casey Award, was named one of the best first novels of 1998 by
Library Journal, and was nominated for the Barnes and Noble Discover Fiction Award.


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