At first it seems like this book is about baseball, and a baseball family. It's not. There is quite a lot of baseball talk (and I'll admit I skimmed over a few pages and paragraphs of baseball stats because I'm not interested nor do I really understand the game), but ultimately this book is very much about family and about faith. It's beautifully written, the characters are relatable and complex. What I loved most about it, I think, is the way faith (in God, Buddha, baseball, science, whatever) does to the family around which the novel revolves. It was a joy to read.