The Art of Fielding: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Sep 7, 2011 - Fiction - 512 pages
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At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

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Don't be fooled by the premise of baseball. - LibraryThing
The pace was also a little bit off. - LibraryThing
Good writing though. - LibraryThing
Characterizations are beyond belief. - LibraryThing
The ending was perfect too. - LibraryThing
The characters were engaging and the plot was gripping. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - beearedee - LibraryThing

Somewhat spoiler alert: I started this book for the baseball aspect, but I continued to read it to try to experience the bitterness that Shwartz felt about Henry's success and his failure at it. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marlene - Goodreads

I would give this five stars, but I really did not understand most all of the baseball jargon. So, for about 1/4 of the book, I did not understand what was happening. But I loved the characters and the plot and the theme. A very satisfying read! Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from Harvard and received an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Virginia. He is currently a co-editor of n+1, which he cofounded, and lives in Virginia.

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