1941 is a year of drama and spectacle: Joe DiMaggio’s record-breaking hitting streak, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The news from Europe is bleak. Joltin’ Joe of the sweet swing has another gift--he can see the future, and he sees dark times ahead. Alongside DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, and Phil Rizzuto, THE POWERS features Superman, Walker Evans, and Dorothy Day: a stupendous hitting streak, an age of giants, a novel with photographs, familiar and otherworldly.

THE POWERS is available for pre-order from Northwestern University Press.


Immensely rich, readable….Large ambition, compassion and psychological depth, not to mention the pleasures of Valerie Sayers’s graceful prose.

– York Times Book Review (A “Notable Book of the Year,” 1996.)


Humor, compassion, honesty, and genuine affection.

– Atlanta Constitution


Breezy and knowing.

– New York Daily News


Affirms and enhances her considerable artistry.

– The State


The book just wraps itself around you.

– The New York Times