While most baseball books are non-fictional, there are some good ones out there that use baseball as the framework for a fictional story. Jay Feldman’s latest book, Suitcase Sefton and the American Dream is one of them.
It’s 1942, World War II is happening, and Japanese-American internment camps have been set up in the Western United States. A scout for the New York Yankees names Mac “Suitcase” Sefton stumbles across a ballgame happening at one of these camps, and discovers a young pitcher with an arm that he thinks can make the big leagues. But how does he get him out?
And how does he deal with his attraction to the pitcher’s sister? Not to mention the struggles that come with a white man recruiting a Japanese ballplayer and falling in love with his sister during the war.
Feldman mixes the fictitious story with baseball’s biggest stars and stories of the time, as well as the issues of personal integrity, racism and the American Dream.