The Art of Fielding
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The Art of Fielding

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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 Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment—to oneself and to others.

Title:The Art of Fielding
ISBN:0316126691
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages

    The Art of Fielding Reviews

  • RandomAnthony
    Dec 19, 2011

    Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding is 2/3rds strong but maybe 100 pages too long. You know that weird paradox you feel when you like a book but kind of wish it was over? I felt that around, oh, page 3...

  • Kemper
    Aug 10, 2015

    This novel should win some kind of award for Best Character Names. Check some of these out: Henry Skrimshander. Guert Affenlight. Pella Affenlight. Adam Starblind. No John Smiths or Jane Does allowed ...

  • Miriam
    Feb 07, 2012

    People love to talk about the "great" books that aren't good reads. There's also the crap that people call "beach reads" but gobble up without taking seriously. But The Art of Fielding falls under a t...

  • Teresa
    Apr 02, 2012

    I loved this book! (I suppose it's appropriate that I start off my review like a fan.)While reading it, I couldn't help but reflect upon and compare this novel to The Marriage Plot. Both are about col...

  • Peter
    Jan 14, 2012

    Man, I really didn't want to like this book. And here, quickly, are the reasons why: Number 1) Pure jealousy. Harbach got paid like a bajillion dollars for his very first novel. I was paid slightly le...

  • Tony
    Jun 13, 2012

    I have stood there, with my knees bent, on the balls of my feet. I have watched the signs and where the catcher sets up. I have known with some sense of probability if my pitcher can throw the ball wh...

  • Stuart
    Oct 16, 2011

    I'm from Wisconsin. This book takes place in Wisconsin. I love baseball. This book is about a baseball team from a fictitious Wisconsin college, Westish, which seems like a mix of Ripon and Lawrence. ...

  • Andrew Campbell
    Apr 28, 2012

    *mild spoilers*100 pages in and the author has already *twice* withheld information from the reader which would be apparent to the character. Is there a name for this?The first time it's dialogue over...

  • Elyse
    Jul 14, 2012

    I Absolutely loved this book! It was 'The Perfect Novel'. About Baseball: There 'is' baseball in this book. So, for those people who really do not like baseball 'at all' ---(but are still open to read...

  • Greg
    Dec 21, 2011

    Review 1.1 updated introduction.I've finished the book. I was a little wrong about how the book would end, I think I liked the book more because of the way it wrapped up than I expected to. I gave it ...