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Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa

(1980)
Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Most of the stories in this collection by Kinsella are about men grappling with significant life choices and often blurring the line between fantasy and reality in the process. An aluminum-window salesman who routinely picks up women while traveling on business, inventing new identities for himself and for them during whatever time they have for escaping from everyday life, meets someone who instinctively knows how to play the game, and his ordered existence is threatened. A widowed father, visited by a childhood friend with rapidly dissipating magical powers who needs his help for one last trick, commits a series of small crimes and ends up in the J. Walter Ives Institute for the Emotionally Disturbed, trying to convince the staff he really is crazy. These tales (the title story grew into the novel Shoeless Joe , which in turn was the basis for the film Field of Dreams ) are best when they venture into the fantastic and the narrative supersedes heavy-handed description and shallow characters. Most compelling is the story of the appearance of Sister Ann in an Iowa cornfield; she claims she's waiting for a miracle. She is revered and feared until she melts a foolhardy boy who exposes himself and the villagers come after her.

Library Journal
The poorly chosen title might lead readers to believe that this is a collection of recycled baseball stories, but in fact only one of these weird and wonderful tales is sports-related. The title story contains the germ of Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe ( LJ 4/1/82); not as deep and rich as the longer work, it remains pure and perfect in itself. Among the other gems: ''Fiona the First,'' a portrait of a man doomed to spend eternity picking up girls at airports; ''First Names and Empty Pockets,'' in which a doll-mender saves the broken Janis Joplin; and ''The Grecian Urn,'' a tale of people traveling in time by becoming part of works of art. Few writers can match Kinsella's ability to establish tone, character, and a complete reality in just a few paragraphs, then sweep the reader into his imagined world. This book should be in any serious fiction collection.-- Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.



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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories
Author(s): W P Kinsella
ISBN: 1-4395-0920-4 / 978-1-4395-0920-3 (USA edition)
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October 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories
Author(s): W P Kinsella
ISBN: 0-87074-355-4 / 978-0-87074-355-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Southern Methodist Univ Pr
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September 1980 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa
Author(s): W P Kinsella
ISBN: 0-88750-341-1 / 978-0-88750-341-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Oberon Press
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Paperback Editions

September 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories
Author(s): W P Kinsella
ISBN: 0-87074-356-2 / 978-0-87074-356-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
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September 1980 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa
Author(s): W P Kinsella
ISBN: 0-88750-343-8 / 978-0-88750-343-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Oberon Pr
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