A fantasy novel about the Sweetwheat Sweethearts, a female baseball team from 1947 Minnesota.
It's 1947 and optimism governs the land, nowhere more so than in Magrit, a bucolic mill town devoted to the manufacture of breakfast cereal and housewifely advice. But there is one hitch: none of the boys who left for war will come home. For the girls who never left, love seems unlikely — until the mill owner decides to form an all-girl baseball team and put it on the road. The Sweetheart Season is their story. But is it?
Told many years later by a team member's grown daughter, this is an attempt by a child of the suspicious '60s to understand the romance of her mother's era, when happy endings were guaranteed and goodness ruled the land... or so she's been told.
Karen Joy Fowler (born 1950) is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centers on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation. She is best known as the author of the best-selling novel The Jane Austen Book Club that was recently made into a widely distributed movie of the same name.