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The Art of Fielding: A Novel

by Chad Harbach

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

The Art of Fielding: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 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

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even for non-sports fans I really enjoyed this book. It is a lot like Moby Dick, in the fact that it's a story about baseball yet at the same time it's so much more than that, just like Moby Dick is so much more than just a story about a fish. There are so many great aspects about this book including the characters. I've read a lot of books but have never really found a book with such eccentric characters who are still so real (some of the characters reminded me of people I know in my life). I found this book heartwarming and it is definitely on my list of books to re-read in the future. It shows that one incident can change so many lives at once and that people are connected in more ways than they believe. This book brought up the questions in my mind, how much ambition is too much, and how hard should you work before it's too much? I like that a book can me think about things in my own life and it teaches me to take things one day at a time and not to put too much stock in anything. I loved that this book brought together sports and literature in such an inspiring story, and the way that Chad uses literature in a romantic way at times. The story is so full of literary allusions that it made it that much better for me (I love when books reference other literary stories). I found that at times I was not expecting what would come next. I like being surprised and not being able to predict everything that happens (not saying that I didn't see a few things coming here and there). Chad Harbach has done a great job in entertaining his readers with this story. For being a first novel, I think this book really does well and I hope to see more stories from Chad in the future. This story is funny, and sad at times, yet completely heartwarming in the end.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Exquisite We've all heard of the books that you simply can't put down - this book is the exact opposite, a book I had a hard time picking up, but not for the reason you'd expect, considering 'The Art of Fielding' is one of the best books I've read in recent memory. Chad Harbach's debut novel is eloquent and beautifully written, each sentence, page, chapter, flowing into the next, creating an interwoven story that's hard to not get caught up in. The characters were so wonderfully described, so unbelievably life-like that their successes and failures felt like my own - which is exactly why it was sometimes so hard to read, especially when you knew that things were going to get much worse before they got better. I loved every single aspect of this novel, and it has definitely jumped straight into my top-10 list of favourite books. Give it a try, if you're looking for a wonderful character study with an intricate and gripping plot to back it up.
Date published: 2012-04-23

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The Art of Fielding: A Novel

by Chad Harbach

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 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

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 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