Mary Wulf, wife of baseball slugger Gary Wulf, has invited her four dearest friends to her Southern Connecticut home for a fun-filled late August weekend get-together. They’re coming from Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, and as near as next door. Sports Wives coming together with their unique personalities and emotional perspectives.
Being together for the very first time,
the women reveal far more of themselves during the weekend than they ever
expected. Indeed, the humor is continuous—while tenderness, poignancy, and
sorority will also pull at your emotions. There is much on multiple levels to
draw one into the lives of these women—who are in effect, wedded to sports as
well as to their men.
Iris Apple is like most teens in the 1950s except for two things: She's the granddaughter of Boston's most notorious bookie and she suspects her father murdered her mother.
But how can she prove it? The cat and mouse game with her father began on her tenth birthday—the day her mother was gunned down—and tension reigns through her teen years. They live in her family’s Kenmore Square rooming house, a haven for Boston’s down and outs and where her motherless drama plays out.
When Iris turns eighteen, she defies her father and sets out to discover the truth about her mother’s demise. Teaming up with Madame Charlemagne, a has-been cabaret singer who lives at the rooming house, Iris learns that a nearby innkeeper holds keys to the puzzle. Instead, she discovers a web of secrets and transgressions that are entangled with hers. Mustering all the courage she has, Iris must unravel the dark webs to bring truth and love into her life.
What if students were tested too much? What if teachers were not paid enough? How could a clever educator use this to his advantage?
As the school year begins at St. Albans School in England, American teacher Thomas Little’s prospects look secure. He has a good job and a strong stable of students—“ponies”—for when he and his colleagues resume their little side-game of betting on exam results. Some overhead whispers are...
“Is that really a thing? I hope he didn’t place those bets!” A Student
“I can neither confirm nor deny…” A Colleague
“What a way to supplement your income.” A Teacher
Indeed, as the year unfolds, Thomas deals with bullies and the wagering turns shady, though the stakes have never been higher: his best friend asks to take over one of his bets, a fired teacher wiggles back into the game, and the headmistress threatens the whole system, gambling on which teacher will be ousted. If Thomas loses, he’ll be deported.
Gino Bartoli enjoyed a brief stint as a weak-hitting Major League reserve infielder, followed by a long career as a scout. Retired and living in Nevada City, California, he meets each Thursday with his good pal Paddy Hannigan to drink and talk. Lots of drink, lots of talk. Indeed, Bartoli is a charming braggadocio who never lets truth (or a box score) get in the way of a good yarn –– but one day he slips and mentions a teenage pitcher he discovered in Alaska in 1963. When Paddy hounds him for more information, a lifetime of lies––some harmless, some not––begin to squeeze in on Gino, and he decides to record the truth of his life. For Paddy's eyes only. But secrets as dark as Bartoli’s force Paddy into the unavoidable dilemma of protecting or exposing his good friend.
The complacent Maximillian Dreyfuss, head of a recently formed online university, was pleased, amongst other things, with the name “P.U.N.C.H.” – an acronym for "Posting University Network Courses Here” – thought up by Letty from the Religious Studies Department, with whom he'd been enjoying a brief affair at that time. “Punch” also refers to the alcohol served in the occasional P.U.N.C.H. parties on campus, as well as the emotional and sometimes physical blows Maximillian delivers to those around him. All was going well in the P.U.N.C.H. empire, with increasing numbers of online classes and eager students each semester, but then events take a surprising plunge and no virtual stone is left unturned in this insightful and humorous send-up of academic life on the web.