by Frank Nappi
published by Sky Pony
Frank Nappi returns with the next installment of his Mickey Tussler series, Welcome to the Show. The pitching prodigy has finally made it to the majors, but finds his autism is still an issue. The rest of the Braves, aside from the other rookie, his friend Lester, do not understand Mickey, and some even resent his prowess. Arthur Murphy, acting as the substitute manager for the season, tries his best to make a family of the team, but some of the star players have other ideas. Further complications arise when Mickey falls in love for the first time.
As always, Nappi does a wonderful job capturing the feel of 1940s baseball while also creating realistic, diverse characters. Sports-lovers will love the detailed play-by-play action in many of the chapters. The only downfall is the amount of head-hopping that happens, especially during games, which makes it hard to keep everyone and everything straight.
Fans of historical sports fiction or of books with main characters on the autism spectrum will enjoy Welcome to the Show. While it does help to have read Frank Nappi’s prior Mickey Tussler novels, this one does almost stand well on its own.