Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Billy Coffey | New Novel News

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffeey

Published: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Purchase: Steal Away Home

Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now he’s counting on the other to save him.

Owen Cross’s father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father’s firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues—and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan.

Owen loved Micky from the first time they met on the hill between their two worlds: his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown. Years later he leaves her for the dugouts and the autographs, but their days together follow him. When he finally returns home, he discovers that even peace comes at a cost. And that the hardest things to say are to the ones we love the most.

From bestselling author Billy Coffey comes a haunting story of small-town love, blinding ambition, and the risk of giving it all for one last chance.

“In one evening, a single baseball game, Coffey invites us into a lifetime. With lyrical prose and aching description we join Owen Cross on a journey of love, loss, faith, the unexpected—and America’s favorite pastime.” —Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Austen Escape

Get to know Billy...

Favorite season?
Spring, hands down. Right when the first flowers poke up out of the hard ground and the grass turns green again and you can walk from one tree to the next and feel the buds at the end of each stem. The days stretch longer, the nights aren’t so cold, and the winds coming from the south bring some of the starriest skies you can imagine. I’ve always thought spring and babies are both God’s way of saying, “Okay, let’s try this one more time.”

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past?
The past. I often have a tough time understanding the present, and I’m at the point now where the future scares me silly. But the past? I can understand the past. I’m not one to buy into the notion that things were better “back then,” whenever “then” was. But “back then” was no doubt simpler, and I’m a simple kind of guy.

What are you reading right now?

I might be a simple kind of guy, but my reading habits are not. I’m usually working my way through three or four books at a time (one for in the morning, one for the afternoon, and then another for evening and bedtime). Right now, I’m reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck, Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table, and Dirty Work, by Larry Brown.

Connect with Billy on his website: https://www.billycoffey.com/

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