"1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas"

                                                                                                                               Illustration by Robert Hunt

                                                                                                                               Illustration by Robert Hunt

This week ESPN began serializing my first novel, "1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas." 

The novel is written in the form of a diary by a pitcher who really did play for the legendary '27 Yankees team, which starred Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the rest of Murderers’ Row. 

Almost all of the action in the diary takes place off the field—in speakeasies, brothels and gambling dens, in Harlem night clubs and rent parties, and on the Long Island estates of Wall Street and entertainment tycoons.

Set in the height of the Roaring Twenties, it chronicles the adventures of white and black baseball immortals, Jazz pioneers, Prohibition entertainers, bootleggers, gamblers and swindlers—all part of Myles’s exploration of youth, greatness, morality, sex, race, and the meaning of heroes. 

Most of all, it's a deeply intimate journey through the worlds of Baseball, Jazz and Prohibition—three worlds that really did come together in 1927. 

 

A New Genre In Storytelling: Real-Time Historical Fiction

The diary and related content are being published along the same timeline in which the real-life events depicted in the novel actually occurred. This includes more than 3,000 Tweets, including hundreds with links to the original newspaper articles. 

For example:

  • Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris on May 21, 1927 at 5:22 p.m., New York time.
  • Myles Thomas will send out a tweet on May 21, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. that contains a link to the original 1927 New York Times article about Lindbergh’s landing. 

Myles's diary entries will also be posted along the same historical timeline; his first entry,    "The Fire Party," was posted this past Monday at 7:00 AM.

                                                                                                                             Illustration by Rodolfo Reyes

                                                                                                                             Illustration by Rodolfo Reyes