At the Peak of her "Powers"

Kevin Nance | May 3, 2013 | Chicago Tribune

Valerie Sayers

In "The Powers," Valerie Sayers' long-awaited sixth novel — her first since "Brain Fever" (1996) — the great Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio is embarking on his historic hitting streak of 1941, riveting Americans as much as or more than the news from Europe, where World War II is gathering its terrible momentum. Like many athletes, Sayers' DiMaggio is deeply superstitious, so much so that he believes he can foresee the future — his own and that of America itself, including the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A South Carolina native who lived in Brooklyn for much of her adult life, Sayers has been a professor at the University of Notre Dame since 1993.

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