Praise for Home, Away:
"This is a charming tale filled with sounds, scenes, and sensibilities that are real and vivid. Fatherhood, childhood, baseball, and marriage are all portrayed with profound and moving truthfulness."
— Mario M. Cuomo, former governor of New York
"Inspiring, outrageous, soaring, devastating. Anyone who's ever played baseball or watched it, anyone who's ever been a father or had one, is in for a treat."
— Mike Farrell, actor (M*A*S*H, Providence) and author of Just Call Me Mike
How much is a father's love worth? Jason Thibodeaux has a $42 million contract to pitch for the Colorado Rockies and a romantic bachelor lifestyle when the son he lost in a searing custody battle reappears in his life. Home, Away follows Thibodeaux's colorful rise to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball and his agonized decision to quit in the prime of his career to care for his troubled son. Their evolving relationship and resulting confrontations — on the baseball field and off — test the limits of loyalty and the meaning of fatherhood itself.
"Home, Away works on all levels, whether viewed as a family story about baseball or a baseball story about family." — Baseball America
"'Baseball.' novelist Donald Hall wrote, 'is fathers and sons.' In this poignant book, Jeff Gillenkirk uses baseball as only one level of familial inheritance. Like playing catch, the book's arc is mutually redemptive, as both father and son become men. A beautiful story." — Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology, SUNY, and author of Manhood in America and Guyland.
"Home, Away has it all — realistic family drama, the action of professional sports, witty dialogue and a plot that covers all the bases. I was captivated from beginning to end. Gillenkirk's book is a home run."
— Holly Goldberg Sloan, screenwriter, Angels in the Outfield, The Big Green