The Cactus League by Emily Nemens audiobook

The Cactus League: A Novel

By Emily Nemens
Read by various narrators

Brilliance Audio 9780374117948
9.12 Hours Unabridged
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One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 New Books You Should Be Picking Up First In 2020 and one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2020 An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball from Emily Nemens, the editor of The Paris Review Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—as they hide secrets of their own. Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, Emily Nemens' The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyear’s story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and a plethora of other richly drawn characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. It’s a journey that, like the Arizona desert, brims with both possibility and destruction. Anchored by an expert knowledge of baseball’s inner workings, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League is a propulsive and deeply human debut that captures a strange desert world that is both exciting and unforgiving, where the most crucial games are the ones played off the field.

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Summary

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Booklist Pick of Audiobooks of the Month

One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 New Books You Should Be Picking Up First In 2020 and one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2020

An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball from Emily Nemens, the editor of The Paris Review

Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—as they hide secrets of their own.

Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, Emily Nemens' The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyear’s story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and a plethora of other richly drawn characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. It’s a journey that, like the Arizona desert, brims with both possibility and destruction.

Anchored by an expert knowledge of baseball’s inner workings, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League is a propulsive and deeply human debut that captures a strange desert world that is both exciting and unforgiving, where the most crucial games are the ones played off the field.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A humorous and emotional novel.” Wall Street Journal
The Cactus League…[speaks] strongly to baseball’s enduring vitality. The home runs and strikeouts may be background noise, but they’re ubiquitous all the same. They’ve defined this community—its heartbreaks, its victories, its changes. They’ve created a world.” Entertainment Weekly
“Offers a panoramic view of Phoenix during spring training—encompassing the game of baseball, its infrastructure, and various lives touched by the sport. The focus is on the unraveling of a star outfielder, but the broader view offers a microcosm of life today.” New York Times Book Review
"[A] quirky first novel…[that] showcases a fascinating gallimaufry of characters who swirl around the edges of the springtime ritual.” Booklist (starred review)
“A vivid collection of stories, as each character is brought to life in convincing detail.” Publishers Weekly
“A masterwork of great empathy and detail, uncovering the realms of incredible pain and beauty enmeshed within every level of America’s pastime. If you love baseball, you won’t put it down, and if you don’t love baseball, you might by the end.” J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota
“The individual narrators’ performances are strong. Each of them offers a fully realized character that has relatable flaws and ambitions on and off the field.” AudioFile Magazine

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Author Bio: Emily Nemens

Author Bio: Emily Nemens

Emily Nemens is the author of The Cactus League. She is the editor of the Paris Review and was previously the coeditor of the Southern Review. Her work has been published in Esquire, n+1, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, and elsewhere.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English