Beyond the Passage
Jim Prime deploys both memory and imagination in these short stories that take you from his youth on Long Island, Nova Scotia to the pitcher's mound at Fenway Park in Boston, and even deep into the North Atlantic's turbulent waters. Some tales are true and others...should be.
The book includes a special bonus: the first chapter of the long-awaited sequel to Fish and Dicks, the raucous stories of two fish-gutters and detectives on Digby Neck and the Islands, which Jim is writing with long-time collaborator Ben Robicheau.
There's an audio teaser of this book on our Listen page!
6x9 inch paperback, 204 pages
Jim Prime's short stories are full of rich observations and humorous details of life along the tip of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy shore, where salt-soaked tales of hard working people mingle with youthful memories of lost love and beloved baseball heroes. Emotions run high as family secrets are uncovered and long-held desires are unexpectedly realized in this lively and poignant collection.
Stephen Cooke, former Arts and Entertainment Reporter
A delightfully whimsical anthology. Beyond the Passage is a journey to the intersection of Jim Prime's vivid, insightful memories and his fertile imagination. A seamless blending of what was with what might have been. Those who already know the characters and places of Jim's life will be delighted to spend time with them again. Others will be moved and amused as they experience them for the first time.
Steve Murphy, Former CTV News Anchor
Jim Prime personifies baseball passion, fandom and literary excellence. He has become one of this area's definitive voices on baseball history and culture. Everyone has a story, and Prime has many. We are all lucky that he has shared them with us. This book is another memorable layer to Prime's incredible contributions.
CTV Atlantic News Reporter and Anchor; TSN Reporter; author
Whether he's writing about playing baseball in the fog, in a cow field, on an island in the Bay of Fundy; discussing murder at the kitchen table; being on the losing end in an argument with one's inner dialogue; or relating his personal struggle with pandemic pants; Jim manages to create characters and scenarios that the reader can easily identify with.
Ben Robicheau, author of Two Ferries Out
This book is a pleasure. After reading the first short story, I was hooked on a side of Jim's writing that I had not seen before: sensitive, nuanced, engaging. You don't have to have any connections to Jim's beloved Islands to become connected to them through these stories.
Andy Moir, Editor of Passages