Dorothy Weil

Life, Sex, and
Fast Pitch Softball

The author has been asked frequently what she knows about softball since she is a notorious non-sports fan. She has to admit her limits on this score. The ball field is an arena in which Mercedes Mayfield and her family learn some of the rules of the game and become a team. Some of Mercedes’ ruminations on her family should sound familiar to readers who have or are teenagers:

“I'm home alone, Saturday night. Mom sashayed out of here with Dugan. She's a real sexpot in a silver sheath and spiked heels about five inches high. Trudy the Legal Eagle. The woman simply doesn't add up: she hits the books every night, studies like a grind, aims at independence. Then dresses like a starlet. And what does she read when she gets a free hour? Harlequin romances: she's got stacks of them, all with the same cover--a guy ripping off some female's blouse. Who is she? How am I supposed to figure out what I should do with my stupid life if my parents are so mixed up?”

“Aren't they too old for all this? I guess there is more to Mom and Dad's warfare than just ‘incompatibility’ or nutritional differences. Or Dad's new car and the Lockfield mess. This time, divorce looks like a sure thing. Is Mom gonna marry Dugan? Things are bad, and I sure haven't helped any. I can taste salt in my milk. Tears. I reach for a Care Bear, but all twelve stare at me accusingly like a jury. I have really messed up. Really really messed up. Maybe I'm just a bad seed.”

Selected Works

Fiction
Story of a woman and her family working together to save a brilliant man who is near madness and death.
Novel
A serious literary novel about an eighty-five year old couple who are threatened by the husband's serious illness and a pair of hoodlums from their deteriorating neighborhood. "A Good Woman" is not just a good novel, it's one that delivers a punch readers are not likely to have felt before--Ceil Cleveland, founding editor of "Columbia Magazine."
Family Memoir
A return to the author’s river home to recapture her family’s history.
Mystery Thriller
"A crackling good yarn" --James E. Casto, author of Towboats on the Ohio
Novel
Humorous yet poignant story of a fifteen-year- old girl trying her best to grow up.
Novel
Laura Hoffman returns to college to finish a degree in the Art Department. She copes with eccentric professors, a recalcitrant husband, growing children and a super-neat mother. Her adventures include a pass by The Faculty Feeler and a flirtation with a younger man.