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What if you could throw the perfect knuckleball? Would you be happy?
This is one of Leonardís goals as he grows up in the fictional town of Shannon Creek. It is the 1960s. Leonard dreams of the big leagues. he is very fond of Patsy Giesbrecht. He ponders salvation. He worries about failure. He tries to follow the complex rules of both baseball and life. His impetuosity and stubbornness lead to minor misfortune. Misfortune occasionally has a silver lining.
Roger Groening, in his first collection, gives us the peculiar world of Shannon Creek, where winning first place at the country fair flower competition is cause for muted pride, and throwing the perfect knuckleball is a moment replete with grace.
When he isnít writing, Roger Groening enjoys hiking the native plant trails at his homestead farm-cottage, emerging only occasionally to mine the human drama from sports history, or compose a song. In 2013 he released an album entitled Baseball Tonight, performed with the Groening Family Band. He anticipates that writing will cost more than it earns, and has decided to keep his day job as an educational counselor. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Ruth, coping as best he can with long winters and an idiosyncratic cat named Monty. He has three children, all of whom are fully engaged in their own human drama.
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