In a League of Her Own

A Novel

by Kaia Alderson

On Sale: 08/06/2024

In a League of Her Own

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In a League of Her Own

A Novel

by Kaia Alderson

On Sale: 08/06/2024


About the Book

From the author of Sisters in Arms comes the incredible, untold story of Effa Manley, a black businesswoman in the male dominated baseball industry, and, currently, the only woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1930s, New York City

An ambitious Harlem woman’s husband upends her social climbing when he buys a Negro Leagues baseball team and appoints her as the team’s business manager. Overnight, Effa Manley goes from 125th Street’s civil rights champion to an interloper in the boys’ club that is professional baseball. 

Navigating her way through gentlemen’s agreement contracts, the very public flirtatious antics of superstar Satchel Paige, and a sports world that would much rather see this woman back in her “place” at home, Effa ultimately whips her team, the Newark Eagles, into the Negro Leagues Champions of 1946. But how long will she get to enjoy the fruits of her success before Major League Baseball tears it all apart?

Based on the incredible life of Effa Manley, an unforgettable and inspiring story about a woman with a dream who wound up with a baseball team. 

Critical Praise

Sisters in Arms is heartwarming but fierce, a novel brimming with camaraderie and fire, starring women you’d love to make your friends. Prickly, musical Grace and bubbly, privileged Eliza may not make the most natural allies, but it’s fight or die when they’re thrown together in the Army’s first class of female officers—and the first Black women allowed to serve their country in World War II…. Kaia Alderson’s debut is a triumph!” — Kate Quinn

“Based on the true story of the 6888th Postal Battalion, Sisters in Arms gives readers an inside look at the racial injustices and rigors of wartime that the women battled. Alderson sweeps readers in with Grace and Eliza’s personal journeys through a little-known portion of our army’s history. Themes of female friendship, bravery, and resilience radiate from the pages of this magnificent novel.” — Booklist, starred review 

“Grace Steele and Eliza Jones are among the first Black women in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, defying their families to enlist and facing even more racism than before when they put on their hard-earned uniforms. Unflinching, at times brutal, this novel pulls no punches while delivering a richly textured and unforgettable story of determination, courage, and friendship.” — Janie Chang, author of The Library of Legends, on Sisters in Arms

“Alderson impresses with her account of trailblazing Black characters who battle racism and misogyny. The adventures of the Six Triple Eight will captivate readers.” — Publishers Weekly on Sisters in Arms

“Calls long overdue attention to the Black women veterans of World War II.” — Kirkus Reviews on Sisters in Arms


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063228382
  • ISBN 10: 0063228386
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 08/06/2024
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / African American / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION: Historical / 20th Century / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Sports

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