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4.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Puts the First Base Back into Baseball, 17 April 2007
This review is from: Swap (Paperback)
Have you ever been out on a double date and found you have more in common with your friend's date than your own? Or maybe you have had impure thoughts about your best friend's wife. If so, Swap is the book for you.

Sheldon and Tom are two minor league baseball stars with one thing in common: their marriages are failing. Sheldon's is failing because his wife has lost interest in him and she has eyes for another man, - his best friend, Tom. And Tom's is failing because he has never quite grasped the concept of fidelity, and his wife has eyes for another man - his best friend, Sheldon. So how do Sheldon and Tom decide to resolve the situation? Quite simply, they just swap wives.

Swap is a fictional tale inspired by the New York Yankee family swap that occurred back in the seventies. The story is told from each of the four protagonists' point of view, providing insight into each character. Sheldon is a partially deaf baseball player who had a stint in the Major Leagues. Tom is a very conspicuous womanizer who is very proud of his extramarital activities. Tom's wife, Lucy, is a political activist; Sheldon's wife, Eleanor, a victim of an abusive father, is struggling in her search for a happy and contented life. These characters come together to tell a brazen story that at times can be poignant, but is also hilarious and outrageous throughout.

Swap is also a tale for movie lovers, as it is full of movie trivia: readers will find themselves playing the movie trivia game along with Sheldon's mother, a movie nut and one helluva a character who adds wisdom and good sense to the plot, along with movie quotes for every occasion. (So, if you know who played Frank Miller in High Noon, Swap is a must buy. Hint- it wasn't Lee Van Cleef).

So if you are a mad movie enthusiast who likes a saucy tale with baseball and wife swapping, this is the book for you.
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