This is a great story of a grieving couple who lost their young son. Their son loved baseball. The tale of how another young boy named Lucky Diamond suddenly comes into their lives is gripping and suspenseful. The subject of old wounds and the need to move on are balanced nicely here. Baseball fans would love the story line.
To be brief, just see the movie and skip the book. It is well written but in my opinion fatally and unforgivably flawed for the authors lapse in judgement. The young couple in the book want to have another child, but the repeated graphic depictions of their sexual acts is irresponsible. Parents should be warned not to let their young kids anywhere near this one.
I couldn't wait to read this book, as I really loved the movie, filmed in Lithonia Georgia but depicted as being in the north. The writer is gifted certainly, and it only takes reading a few random pages to see it. The movie handles sex more appropriately. Look, we all know where babies come from at this point... give it a rest. I found his descriptions in the book to be bordering on smut.
There is a fair amount of profanity as well, but it is usually brief. Too bad, cause it's an otherwise wonderful story. Its the first book I have read by the author and based on the objections I noted, it may be my last. It's a waste of a significant talent. He didn't add anything to the story with the profanity and smut. I had only read excellent reviews on this author so I was surprised to say the least.
If the objections I noted don't bother you, you will find yourself turning pages quickly. As I said, he is a gifted writer.
See the movie instead. It is a rare treasure. This is one of the few times where the movie is better than the book, much better in fact. That's just my two cents.