Author: Alison Fairbrother
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 288
Date of Publication: June 21, 2022
My Rating: 3 Stars
A young woman searches for the truth about her father and the secrets of her family in this electric debut novel.
Two years out of college, Ellie Adler has a job in journalism, an older lover, and a circle of smart friends. Then she finds herself shaken by the unexpected death of her father, James. At the reading of his will, Ellie learns that instead of leaving her his prized possession--a baseball that holds emotional resonance for them both--he has left her a seemingly ridiculous, even insulting gift. Worse, he's given the baseball to someone no one in the family knows.
In her grief, Ellie wonders who could have possibly meant more to her father than she did. Setting out to track this person down, she learns startling information about who her father really was and who she herself is becoming. Unforgettable, witty, and heartbreaking, The Catch is a story of the gifts we're given over the course of a lifetime--the ones we want and the ones we don't yet understand that we need.
Ellie Adler is mourning the sudden death of her father, and has comfort when it comes to something that she hopes to treasure for the rest of her life - a baseball that denotes an emotional attachment that will tether Ellie's father to her for the rest of her life. Imagine Ellie's dismay when she discovers that he did not leave the ball to her, but to a complete stranger. What is more is that he did not leave much to her, other than a seemingly insignificant gift.
Ellie will go to the ends of the earth to seek answers as to why she was not left the baseball, and to also try to understand the meaning of what she did receive. By so doing, Ellie's journey raises more questions than answers. In fact, she wonders if she even knew her father.
A quick, sentimental story by Alison Fairbrother helps readers to see that all things in life often have far deeper meanings. For Ellie, this journey is truly deep, and allows her to know more of her father than she could have imagined.
Many thanks to Random House and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.