A new novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher is both a coming-of-age story and a love letter to the Boston Red Sox. “Waiting for Teddy Williams” tells the story of E.A. Allen, who begins the novel as a fatherless eight-year old living on the wrong side of the tracks in Kingdom Common, Vermont. The town itself is notable only for being the spiritual home of Red Sox Nation.
Into E.A.’s life walks Teddy, a mysterious drifter who coaches him through adolescence and into the World Series. The novel also contains Mosher’s usual assortment of colorful characters, including a Sox-obsessed grandmother, a talking statue and a drinking cat named Bucky Dent.
Neal Charnoff talk with Mosher about the book.
“Waiting for Teddy Williams” is published by Houghton Mifflin Books. Mosher will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in South Burlington, Saturday at 1 p.m.