The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 38mm | 281.23g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • United States
  • English
  • 0316217530
  • 9780316217538
  • 116,889

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¿It¿s left a little hole in my life the way a really good book will, after making room in my days for reading it ¿ which is also what a really good book will do.¿ ¿ Jonathan Franzen ¿Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding. It¿s pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it¿as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life.¿ ¿John Irving ¿An intricate, poised, tingling debut. Harbach¿s muscular prose breathes new life into the American past-time, recasts the personal worlds that orbit around it, and leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page.¿ ¿ Tea Obrecht, author of The Tiger¿s Wifeshow more

About Chad Harbach

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 more

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86,871 ratings
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4 43% (37,132)
3 19% (16,336)
2 5% (4,034)
1 2% (1,558)
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