The Sweetheart Season

by Karen Joy Fowler
Release date: 1996
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

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.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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