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Elephant Baseball
A Missionary Kid's Tale
PAPERBACK; Published: 3/1/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7550-1
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This fascinating book recounts the up-and-down experiences of a missionary kid growing up overseas away from home in the 1960s. A sensitive autobiographical exploration of the universal trials of adolescence, Paul Heusinkveld's Elephant Baseball luxuriates in narrative fluidity—truly a riveting read.
Kai Bird
— author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus
"Paul Heusinkveld really did play elephant baseball—but his memoir evokes something far more exotic, a magical stepping back into a childhood spent at an American missionary school, Kodaikanal, cloistered at 7,000 feet in the misty mountains of South India. Heusinkveld writes with a heartache for a time and place that no longer exists, but along the way he explores his own identity and grapples with an unthinkable tragedy."
Paul Zorn
— St. Olaf College
"An appealing account, self-deprecating and often very funny, of growing and changing in circumstances at once highly unusual and universally human. . . . The story goes well beyond nostalgia; it shows missionaries and their families in their full complexity and builds to a gripping, moving conclusion."