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Reflecting on how a student s parents met because of a fly ball to center field in a summer softball game, author Robert Root wondered how the lives of that student s parents and of the student himself would have changed had the batter bunted or struck out. Haunted by this pure example of happenstance, he began to ponder his own existence, dependent in part on geology (the Niagara Escarpment) and history (the Erie Canal). He wondered how happenstance had influenced the course of his parents lives, in particular their ...

Happenstance 2013, University of Iowa Press

ISBN-13: 9781609381912

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