Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 in
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316126691
ISBN - 13: 9780316126694
From the Publisher
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
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 Fieldingis an
expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about
family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself
and to others.
About the Author
Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and
the University of Virginia. He is a cofounder and coeditor
From Our Editors
An Indigo Recommends selection! A captivating debut novel where the characters chase after glory, career success, and love. Their struggles to achieve their dreams get tangled up and amplified in this rich, engrossing story. Chad Harbach has a talent for capturing both the academic and sports atmosphere, pulling you into his vivid portrait of campus angst. And his themes are powerful and universal: everyone grapples with crises of confidence and fears of failure.
"[The Art of Fielding] is really about forming and
nurturing relationships... Mr. Harbach practices all of the
techniques of the classic literary novel, from drawing
well-realized characters to developing a suspenseful plot that
pulls us through."-Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh