The Art of Fielding: A Novel

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The Art of Fielding: A Novel

by Chad Harbach

Little, Brown And Company | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover |

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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 Fieldingis an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316126691

ISBN - 13: 9780316126694

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The Art of Fielding: A Novel

by Chad Harbach

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316126691

ISBN - 13: 9780316126694

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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 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 ofn+1.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"[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 Post-Gazette
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