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The Art of Fielding


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ISBN13: 9780007418695
ISBN10: 0007418698
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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.

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Peter Saucerman, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Peter Saucerman)
This was such a great summer read! Perfect during the lazy dog days to sink into a beach chair or a hammock and revel in the finely crafted language of good old-fashioned story-telling. Mr. Harbach knows how to turn a phrase, and I enjoyed every page.
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Barbara Halliday, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Barbara Halliday)
So, I'm not much of a baseball fan, but had heard this was a good read so decided to give it a try. Although baseball is an overarching theme, it's the characters that drive the story and what interesting characters they are! Haven't finished the book yet, but can't wait to continue and see how they develop. I'm very impressed by this first time author's talent and will keep my eyes open for more.
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rchrisr, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by rchrisr)
Good read for baseball fans that want a different type of baseball related story. The baseball sections are authentic, but it is only a small portion of the overall story.
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