The MagicianKathleen Shoop

The Magician

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The Magician by Kathleen Shoop Book Summary

Donora 2019
Ninety-two year old Patryk Rusek is on the run, bath-towel flying off, with nothing but his new Nikes to carry him to freedom. His plan to escape from Blue Horizon Retirement Community is in motion. Except his great-grandson Owen isn’t at the pickup point. Resigned to his fate, Patryk returns to his room and reads from his hand-drawn chronicle of Donora. The book lures half the nursing home into the room, mesmerizing people with childhood tales of Stan F. Musial, beloved baseball Hall of Famer.

Donora 1920
Mary Musial is expecting again. After four daughters, her husband Lukasz is losing hope for a son. But Jupiter is rising when Stanisław Franciszek Musiał is born on November 21, 1920, and the midwife predicts he will live an extraordinary life. Young Stanley’s physical talents show themselves at the Polish Falcons and on the baseball field. But rather than pride, Lukasz’s spirits plummet after mill injuries sour the pursuit of his American dream.

When the Depression hits and the mills close, tension grips every Donora household. Meanwhile as Stan matures, he draws attention from the press, college coaches, and professional baseball scouts. Suddenly his singular dream is set against options he’d never imagined. Every choice threatens to disappoint coaches, teachers, his girlfriend, and most of all his parents. Even with the talent to achieve his goals, doubt creeps in. Can he find the courage to leave everything he knows and all the people he loves to fulfill his destiny? Or will he wait too long and risk it all?

The Magician (Kathleen Shoop) Book Reviews

TremendousA truly inventive way to detail the childhood of Stan Musial. A little slow to start, emotional throughout, the story is anchored to the present in a charming, modern-day tale of its own..Score: 4/5

The MagicianIt took me awhile to fully grasp what I was reading. The storyline was sad but the characters came alive, the history that the book followed made the American Dream real. Very enjoyable story, sad to see it end..Score: 5/5

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