The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach 2011
21 18 3 8.6/10 HARDCOVER FICTION English 528 Little, Brown and Company 0316126691 9780316126694

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.

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Critic Reviews

The New York Times Gregory Cowles

Chad Harbach makes the case for baseball, thrillingly, in his slow, precious and altogether excellent first novel, 'The Art of Fielding.'

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Chicago Sun-Times John Barron

It’s hard to figure who wouldn’t take to this captivating, breezy debut by Chad Harbach...

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Chicago Tribune Alan Cheuse

All in all the most delightful and serious first book of fiction that I have read in a while.

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The A.V. Club Ellen Wernecke

Henry’s attachment to baseball and his new home delivers a satisfying wallop of meaning that ultimately links his friends’ fates with his.

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The Washington Post Dennis Drabelle

For the most part, Harbach’s hand is sure.

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The Daily Beast David Goodwillie

Expansive, thought-provoking and ambitious, at times overly so.

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