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Healing loss, finding love on the road

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Pival Sengupta, a recent widow from India, leads the narrative. Her authoritarian husband has died, and with new-found freedom she decides to travel to America in search of Rahi, her son who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Constrained by years of yielding to a dominant spouse who rejected Rahi when he disclosed he was gay, the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company offers Pival a way forward.

Baseball’s evolution into respectability and America’s transition

That verse, writes Mr. Rapp, “would soon become the manifesto for an epic American saga,” that saga being baseball’s evolution into respectability and our national pastime. Interestingly, that verse may have also helped propel its author into a bigger writer’s league. As Mr. Rapp points out, “F.P. Adams would one day claim a charter seat at the Algonquin Round Table. a member of the Manhattan literati and celebrity circuit until his death in 1960.”

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