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Art of Fielding (12 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780316126670
ISBN10: 0316126675
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Awards

The Rooster 2012 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Staff Pick

If it weren't for the Morning News Tournament of Books, I would never have read The Art of Fielding.  Baseball?  No, thanks.  But have no fear — it's not really a book about baseball. Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop prodigy who lives and breathes baseball. Luckily, he is talented enough to catch the eye of Mike Schwartz, the de facto student coach of all things sports at Westish College in Wisconsin.  Henry can't believe his luck as he is suddenly accepted into college, playing shortstop for a real team, and about to match the all-time professional record for error-free games.  But, things never work out this well, do they?  What follows is an anxious and uneasy coming-of-age story, which rings absolutely true and comes complete with a shattering identity crisis.  Chad Harbach manages to convey the degrading, confusing, and humiliating realities of this period of life, all the while his characters are insinuating themselves thoroughly into your heart.  Woven throughout is one of the most truly radiant, yet at the same time, deeply distressing, love stories I've ever come across. Thank you, Tournament of Books, for forcing me to read this!
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At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Superior, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for the big leagues. Then a routine throw goes disastrously off course and the fates of five people are upended.

Henry's life purpose is called into question. Longtime bachelor Guert Affenlight, the college's president, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes swept up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the 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 to start a new life after escaping an ill-fated marriage.

As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets, and help one another to discover 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 the bonds of family and friendship and love, and about commitment — to oneself and to others.

Review:

"Recalling works as disparate as Chaim Potok's The Chosen, John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Scott Lasser's Battle Creek, Harbach's big-hearted and defiantly old-fashioned debut demonstrates the rippling effects of a single baseball gone awry. When college shortstop phenom Henry Skrimshander accidentally beans teammate Owen Dunne with a misplaced throw, it starts a chain reaction on the campus of Westish College, 'that little school in the crook of the baseball glove that is Wisconsin.' Owen is solicitously visited in the hospital by school president Guert Affenlight, a widower, who falls in love with the seductive gay student, a 'serious breech of professional conduct' that sends potentially devastating ripples through the school. Affenlight's daughter, Pella, after a failed marriage in San Francisco, returns to become part of a love triangle with Henry and Mike Schwartz, the team captain and Henry's unofficial mentor. And just when Henry's hopes of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals come within reach, he suffers a crisis of confidence, even as his team makes a rousing run at the championship. Through it all, Henry finds inspiration in the often philosophically tinged teachings found in The Art of Fielding ('Death is the sanction of all that the athlete does'), by a fictional retired shortstop. Harbach manages incisive characterizations of his five main players, even as his narrative, overlong and prone to affectation, tests the reader's patience.(Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding. It's pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it — as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life." John Irving

Review:

"An intricate, poised, tingling debut. Harbach's muscular prose breathes new life into the American past-time, recasts the personal worlds that orbit around it, and leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page." Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

Review:

"The Novel of the Month Season Year....Riveting...[The Art of Fielding] emerges fully formed, a world unto itself. Harbach writes with a tender, egoless virtuosity....There's just something so easy and riveting about the way this book's layers unfold; not since Lonesome Dove have I been so sorry to let a group of characters go." Andres Corsello, GQ

Review:

"One of those rare novels — like Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh or John Irving's The World According to Garp — that seems to appear out of nowhere, and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires, until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as the unexpected news-blast that the novel is very much alive and well." James Patterson

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 of n+1.

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lukas, December 7, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
There are no Great American Novels about the Great American Pastime, and this is no exception. Possibly the most overrated novel of the last few years.
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jillydc, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by jillydc)
Let's just say my husband and I usually don't have the same taste in books but we both really liked this one.
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Peter Saucerman, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Peter Saucerman)
Ah, the boys of summer. This was a great autumn read, both for the story line and for the sheer elegance of the craft of writing. It captures all the angst and superstition that seems to cling to baseball streaks, as well as the human fragility attending the breaking of one. But it's the pleasure of reading well written prose that stuck with me. This is a great novel - winter or summer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316126670
Author:
Harbach, Chad
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20120531
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If it weren't for the Morning News Tournament of Books, I would never have read The Art of Fielding.  Baseball?  No, thanks.  But have no fear — it's not really a book about baseball. Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop prodigy who lives and breathes baseball. Luckily, he is talented enough to catch the eye of Mike Schwartz, the de facto student coach of all things sports at Westish College in Wisconsin.  Henry can't believe his luck as he is suddenly accepted into college, playing shortstop for a real team, and about to match the all-time professional record for error-free games.  But, things never work out this well, do they?  What follows is an anxious and uneasy coming-of-age story, which rings absolutely true and comes complete with a shattering identity crisis.  Chad Harbach manages to convey the degrading, confusing, and humiliating realities of this period of life, all the while his characters are insinuating themselves thoroughly into your heart.  Woven throughout is one of the most truly radiant, yet at the same time, deeply distressing, love stories I've ever come across. Thank you, Tournament of Books, for forcing me to read this!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Recalling works as disparate as Chaim Potok's The Chosen, John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Scott Lasser's Battle Creek, Harbach's big-hearted and defiantly old-fashioned debut demonstrates the rippling effects of a single baseball gone awry. When college shortstop phenom Henry Skrimshander accidentally beans teammate Owen Dunne with a misplaced throw, it starts a chain reaction on the campus of Westish College, 'that little school in the crook of the baseball glove that is Wisconsin.' Owen is solicitously visited in the hospital by school president Guert Affenlight, a widower, who falls in love with the seductive gay student, a 'serious breech of professional conduct' that sends potentially devastating ripples through the school. Affenlight's daughter, Pella, after a failed marriage in San Francisco, returns to become part of a love triangle with Henry and Mike Schwartz, the team captain and Henry's unofficial mentor. And just when Henry's hopes of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals come within reach, he suffers a crisis of confidence, even as his team makes a rousing run at the championship. Through it all, Henry finds inspiration in the often philosophically tinged teachings found in The Art of Fielding ('Death is the sanction of all that the athlete does'), by a fictional retired shortstop. Harbach manages incisive characterizations of his five main players, even as his narrative, overlong and prone to affectation, tests the reader's patience.(Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding. It's pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it — as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life."
"Review" by , "An intricate, poised, tingling debut. Harbach's muscular prose breathes new life into the American past-time, recasts the personal worlds that orbit around it, and leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page."
"Review" by , "The Novel of the Month Season Year....Riveting...[The Art of Fielding] emerges fully formed, a world unto itself. Harbach writes with a tender, egoless virtuosity....There's just something so easy and riveting about the way this book's layers unfold; not since Lonesome Dove have I been so sorry to let a group of characters go."
"Review" by , "One of those rare novels — like Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh or John Irving's The World According to Garp — that seems to appear out of nowhere, and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires, until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as the unexpected news-blast that the novel is very much alive and well."
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