This is Next Year
I'm very proud of this, my only published novel. Because it is based in part on my own childhood, writing it was as enriching personally as it was satisfying creatively. Originally published by Ballantine Books, it went out of print and has been resurrected by the Authors Guild's back-in-print program with iUniverse.com.
It's 1955 and the long-suffering Brooklyn Dodgers are marching into another World Series with their nemesis, the mighty Yankees. Believing that the fate of his parents' marriage hinges on victory, eleven year-old Roger Stone tries to end the Bums' curse by himself, enlisting the aid of Jackie Robinson. This exuberant tale of love and redemption reaches a tense climax at the seventh game of the Series.
"There are only a handful of excellent baseball novels, and This is Next Year is right up there."
- W.P. Kinsella ("Shoeless Joe")
"Goldberg writes lovingly and evocatively of egg creams, stoopball [and] nascent rock 'n roll [and] captures the joys and terrors of childhood in the period with wit, charm and intelligence."
- Publishers Weekly
"First-novelist Goldberg takes a super-sentimental journey back to 1955, the last glory days of Ebbets Field, and builds a chummy family sitcom around game high points -- and low...The streets, artifacts, and multiethnic neighborly neighborhood of Brooklyn are cross-stitched here without a blemish." -- Kirkus Reviews
"There are several things besides Goldberg's superb storytelling skills that make the book memorable. He captures the sights, streets and smells of a multi-ethnic neighborhood where the common bond is their undying love for 'the Bums.' It's an alluring atmosphere... Where 'This is Next Year' often surprises is the pleasant and often subtle insight it provides of the conflicts in the Stone family..." -- Dodgers Magazine