Valerie Sayers, professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of six novels including her most recent, The Powers. Brain Fever and Who Do You Love were named “Notable Books of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review, and a film based on Due East and How I Got Him Back premiered on Showtime. Her literary honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and citations from Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared widely.
1941: everybody's looking for a hero. Joe DiMaggio embarks on a superhuman hitting streak, Walker Evans takes surreptitious subway photos, Dorothy Day resists the coming war, and a trio of young lovers makes impossible choices. The Powers contemplates baseball, pacifism, and acts of witness in parallel narratives of prose and photography.