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The Art Of Fielding A Novel (Hardcover)

Author:  Chad Harbach
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0316126691
ISBN-13: 9780316126694
Sku: 220509170
Publish Date: 9/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  512
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A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate and the presidents daughter. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Harbach, Chad *Publication Date: 2011/09/07 *Number of Pages: 512 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
Chad Harbach, who has previously brought the world the hip and smart n literary magazine from Brooklyn, takes a swing at the baseball novel with his debut, THE ART OF FIELDING. Set on the campus of a fictional midwestern college, the story centers around Henry Skrimshander, a scrappy, but up-and-coming young short stop. Fellow player Mike Schwartz encourages Henry to come to Wetish in hopes that he will bring the Harpooners some much-needed stability and error-free plays. And Henry's soon becomes good friends with his new roommate, the smart, openly gay Owen, also a baseball player. In case the Melville nautical references didn't grab you yet, this book is loaded with literary references of all stripes. But Melville is the mascot of sorts for the college, and his presence floats particularly buoyantly throughout this novel. Harbach clearly knows his American literature and his American sports, and his is an enjoyable addition to the baseball-novel canon. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.


"[A] triumphant first novel...a joyfully immersive story shot through with meditations on beauty and art....Like a great baseball game, the novel manages to feel traditional and contemporary all at once." - Sam Sacks 09/06/2011

"You don't need to be a baseball fan to fall under this novel's spell, but THE ART OF FIELDING possesses all the pleasures that an aficionado cherishes in a great, classic game: odd and strangely satisfying symmetries, unforeseen swerves of fortune, and intimations of the delicate balance between individual will and destiny that play out on the field." - Michiko Kakutani 09/06/2011

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