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The Art of Fielding: A Novel - Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding: A Novel
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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.... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316126694 (0316126691)
ASIN: 0316126691
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Lydia's Page
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2.5 the art of snoring
I understand why I'm supposed to like this critically-acclaimed-auctioned-for-more-than-half-a-million-bucks book, but increasingly, I question the people who decide what literary works are worthy. I'm tired of stories about white men. I'm tired of white male authors. These stories, including this o...
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3.0 The Art of Fielding: A Novel
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4.0 The Art of Fielding: A Novel
4 starsThis is one of the rare ones where I race to the finish the first time, just to find out what happens, and then immediately go back and start sections again, just to savor the prose. Understand me: I wouldn't call this "literary fiction," exactly--it's too real-world and action-y for that lab...
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4.0 The Art of Fielding: A Novel
I'm kind of itching to give this one 5 stars. It is really fantastic in a way that not many books are. This is a book that I could imagine coming back to for a second or third reading. I can't really find a reason to not give it 5 stars. Excellent!
Oh My Aslan
Oh My Aslan rated it
3.0 The Art of Fielding: A Novel
I was a little disappointed in this book. It wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be.
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