Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
Ray Kinsella lives and farms in Iowa where he grows corn with his wife Annie and their five-year-old daughter Karin. Ray is obsessed with the beauty and history of baseball, specifically the plight of his hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series. When he hears a mysterious voice telling him to build a baseball field in the midst of his corn crop in order to give Shoeless Joe a chance at redemption, he blindly follows instructions.
Taking place in the heart of Iowa farm country and published in 1982, Shoeless Joe is a truly magical tale that skillfully blends fact with fiction to create a heartwarmingly sentimental story that resonates with readers of all ages.
Popular in its own right, Shoeless Joe found even more success when the film adaptation “Field of Dreams” hit theaters in 1989 and grossed more than $84 million dollars, cementing the film’s reputation as one of the greatest baseball movies of all time.
“More than the inspiration for the beloved film ‘Field of Dreams,’ Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American.” –Philadelphia Inquirer