New this month from Tyrus Books, Country Hardball is a novel in eighteen short stories. The stories' tone is literary in that they resist easy classification. Protagonists of the blue-collar American South try to make their lives better but are checked by their own limitations. True to the main title, each story is spare, unpretentious, and hard-hitting. Imagination fills the space between stories as readers dust themselves off and get back in the box.
Country Hardball is what any writer hopes of his debut, a showcase of Weddle's unique strengths and sensibility.