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Powell’s Q&A: Chad Harbach

Describe your latest book.
My (latest, first) book is a novel called The Art of Fielding. It's set at an idyllic but dilapidated Wisconsin college called Westish, and it follows a cast of five characters whose lives become increasingly tangled up — three members of the Westish baseball team, the president of the college, and the president's daughter, who's just abandoned a bad, impulsive marriage (she was 18 when she eloped) and returned home to live with her father. It's a story about baseball, and about the way that athletes navigate between the demands of artistry and brute efficiency. It's also about dealing with profound self-doubt, on the field and off; about male friendship, competition, and love, and how trying (not to say annoying) it can be for a woman to have to deal with these; about college, and how college creates a very compelling world-outside-the-world that can be terribly difficult to leave; and about the profound effects that our favorite books have on us, and the limitations of those effects. (I think there are a few good jokes, too.)

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