Shoeless Joe

W.P. Kinsella

Shoeless Joe

Ray Kinsella is a farmer in Iowa who has a dream: if he builds a baseball field, his hero, the disgraced professional baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson, will return, seeking redemption.

First published in 1982, Shoeless Joe has become a classic novel about sport, love and following your dreams - gaining even more prominence after it was adapted into the successful film Field of Dreams.



Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as diamonds. If only life were so simple. Within the baselines anything can happen. Tides can reverse; oceans can open. That's why they say, "the game is never over until the last man is out." Colors can change, lives can alter, anything is possible in this gentle, flawless, loving game.

From Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella ©1982. Published by Houghton Mifflin.