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Well-constructed and well-written baseball mystery, above average for the genre. *

Baseball is used sparingly but with strong effect in this intensely observed study of Jewish life. A key scene is a visit to a Mets game undertaken by the title character and her son Aaron; baseball also appears throughout as a way for Rachel to think about her life and her body. *

Criticism: Solomon, Sullivan

Weak details, implausible melodrama mar an otherwise crisply-written story.