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The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

Author(s): Chad Harbach

Location(s): Lake Michigan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern



Henry Skrimshander is an insignificant player. But when a routine throw goes distatrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

“Henry’s right 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 affai. 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.”..from the back cover

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‘A terrifically engaging novel… once embarked on this long and languorous novel, you will be rewarded by a page-turning, beguiling and wonderfully warm-hearted read’. Sunday Times

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