Sid Sanford Lives!

Published by 50/50 Press

Riffing on noir and told in a series of vignettes, Sid Sanford Lives! douses humanistic themes—love, loss, and family—in bourbon, shoves them in the barrel of a gun, and shoots. This emotionally-charged debut is sure to keep readers up late into the night to find out who is left standing.

Sid Sanford always follows a path, just not his own. From backyard Wiffle ball games to New York City skyscrapers, Sid finds triumph and pain in equal measure during his uncertain, and at times violent, thrust into manhood.

A colorful, loyal family, a plethora of eccentric friends, and a few star-crossed soulmates highlight his journey, but it’s ultimately up to Sid whether his destiny fulfills his potential or drowns in the bottom of a bottle.

It’s no wonder that baseball is at the center of this compelling drama. There’s something quintessentially American about Ford’s writing, an understanding of the complex familial love between working-class parents and big-dreaming children. At the heart of Sid, though, is how those bonds shift and ultimately tighten in the face of violence.
— Erica Wright, author of The Granite Moth and The Red Chameleon

More praise for Sid Sanford Lives

In his debut novel, Daniel Ford knocks the stuffing out of Sid Sanford, only to skillfully stitch him back together, presenting a complex, flawed, and compelling character—one who’s bound to break your heart. Sid Sanford Lives! is a wry, touching, and captivating portrait of the highs and lows that make up a life.
— W.B. Belcher, author of Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Sid Sanford Lives! is a coming of age story that really comes of age. Baseball, skyscrapers, and murder. What more could you ask for? A truly delightful journey through the life and loves of a charming hero.
— Phoef Sutton, Emmy-winning television writer and best-selling author
Sid Sanford loves three things: baseball, his family, and women. Sid has a big heart, and gives it away time and again, usually with disastrous results. Daniel Ford’s fine, sensitive debut novel, Sid Sanford Lives!, follows a young man as he comes of age, matures, and gains both wisdom and a measure of peace.
— Anne Leigh Parrish, author of Women Within and What is Found, What is Lost
Achingly funny and sad. Full of life, loss, and baseball.
— Daniel Paisner, author of A Single Happened Thing