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The Art of Fielding A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Chad Harbach
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316126675
ISBN-13: 9780316126670
Sku: 225056354
Publish Date: 5/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.75T
Pages:  512
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An expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others in a baseball story that goes beyond the sport and into hearts and minds.
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At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight 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. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff). It is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.
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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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0512
Product attributePublisher:   Back Bay Books
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