A collection of stories about baseball, Hitting Into the Wind contains the tale of a minor league player who fears that he will never make it, an umpire experiencing marital problems, and a man who collects old baseballs.
“Meissner, an award-winning fiction writer, has a feel for both baseball’s appeal and the people to whom it appeals. There’s a little kid in every baseball fan, and that little fella (or gal) can appear at the most unlikely times and in the most unexpected places. Meissner’s stories showcase a few of those times and places, some in routine occurrences, others lurking between the cracks of everyday reality. Perhaps the highlight is the story about a father and son who decide to unwind an old baseball found at the edge of a field. What if there's nothing inside? A lovely book.” —Booklist
ABOUT WILLIAM MEISSNER
William Meissner is the author of seven books, including Spirits in the Grass, the story of a small town ballplayer who discovers the remains of a Native American burial ground on a baseball field. His most recent poetry book is American Compass. Meissner grew up in Iowa and Wisconsin and is the director of creative writing at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.