This is a metaphor title, for those who recognise it, for baseball. The very special feeling that ball players get when they advances to a base which they are not entitled to, and the official scorer rules that the advance should be credited to the action of the runner – them. … Successful base stealers are not only fast but have good base running instincts and timing.
There is a film called Stealing Home and a famous book about the Los Angeles Dodgers too. So a metaphor that would be familiar to US readers – but not UK I’m afraid.
However, the story gradually explains the very special feeling that baseball runners get when they ‘steal’ this run, and how important it is for them to play.
What is also interesting is how this story explores what it means to be a woman many years older than her lover/boyfriend and society’s reaction to this combination – yes discrimination again as it is common among men and not commented on – other than sometimes salaciously by other men.
And adolescents and their hormones and their actions and reactions to their mother with a new life.
I thought the story was told empathetically and enjoyably. Well written in its genre.
nb re-issued due to Netflix Series – but don’t think it is quite the same as the book – it isn’t!