Heart of the Plate
Jeff Wright is at the pinnacle of his Major League Baseball career, earning his way into his first All-Star Game. Not long after, Jeff suffers a gruesome, career-ending injury and ventures down a path of self-destruction, and becomes addicted to painkillers. He is arrested for drug possession. Upon completing a stint in a rehabilitation center, Jeff returns to his hometown of Lewis Rock, Georgia, where he discovers that the town’s largest job source, Reynolds Manufacturing, is being sold off and will leave hundreds jobless. He also attempts to rekindle a love that he lost years ago. What begins as mandatory community service for Jeff’s arrest quickly becomes his saving grace. Follow along as Jeff helps his hometown through a difficult time the only way he knows how -- through baseball.
About Gary Lloyd (Birmingham, Alabama Author)
Gary Lloyd has been a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Mississippi and Alabama. He grew up in Trussville, Alabama, and earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Alabama in 2009.
He is the author of six books:
-Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History (2014) -Deep Green (2016) -Heart of the Plate (2016) -Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South (2017) -Ray of Hope (2018) -Sonny Days: Struggles, Scenery and Solace with the World's Strangest Shelter Dog (2020)
He lives in Trussville, Alabama, with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs, Abby and Sonny.