Joy in Mudville

“Building his surreal adventure around the myth of Babe Ruth’s ‘called shot’ in the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field, McAlpine offers an imaginative mix of history, humor and fantasy… The ending is as fanciful and surprising as the rest of this fast-moving and entertaining romp across country and through time. McAlpine is a name to remember.”

Los Angeles Times

“An absolutely joyful novel … a wonderfully funny and uplifting book. A mixture of fact and fantasy, fiction and frolic, this novel skips, jumps and ultimately flies… The author walks the tightrope between being fanciful and being just perfectly outrageous. He balances his story with just enough ‘yarns’ while keeping one foot set firmly in the reality of the Depression years.”

West Coast Review of Books

“A quirky and quixotic tale… Unusual and entertaining.”

Library Journal

“McAlpine is a gifted stylist, with clean clear and muscular prose.”

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Gordon McAlpine’s Joy in Mudvilleis a triumph of invention and imagination… This book does for the nineteen-thirties what E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime did for the twenties, although in a different, deft, and totally original way… There is no question that Mr. McAlpine demonstrates himself in this novel to be an important young American writer.”

— McDonald Harris,  author of The Balloonist, Hemingway’s Suitcase, and Herma