Sid Sanford Lives!

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.

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.

Daniel Ford knocks the stuffing out of Sid Sanford, only to skillfully stitch him back together, presenting a complex, flawed, and compelling character. 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

More praise for Sid Sanford Lives!

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
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
What I find so fascinating about Sid is that he lives in a gray area. How can a good person do such questionable things? He desires to be better man, but his demons always seem to rear their ugly heads. Ford’s passion for the written word and humor was poured into this debut novel, and Sid Sanford Lives! is so completely engrossing that you’ll find yourself compelled to wring out every page.
— Rachel Tyner, Writer's Bone
Achingly funny and sad. Full of life, loss, and baseball.
— Daniel Paisner, author of A Single Happened Thing

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S!d Sanford's Madhattan


2 oz. Rye

1 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

5 Dashes Peychaud Bitters (Angostura is okay)

1 Luxardo Cherry with a bit of extra juice (No substitutions!)

Best served with a single, large square or spherical ice cube.

Barrel-Aged Instructions: Scale up ingredients and age for eight weeks in charred oak cask or if a cask (or waiting eight weeks) isn't an option, simply measure, mix, and enjoy immediately.