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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 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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    Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding is 23rds strong but maybe 100 pages too long You know that weird paradox you feel when you like a book but kind of wish it was over? I felt that around oh page 350 of The Art of Fielding So while I can recommend the novel with reservations I can't make the four star leapThe storyline revolves around five characters and readers shouldn't be misled into thinking as the inside cover description seems to imply that Henry is the star and the four other characters lesser lights The five meet collaborate have sex become codependent maybeI'm not sure what “codependent” means and evolve over the course of a couple years on the campus of a small northeastern Wisconsin college Water specifically Lake Michigan and Moby Dick recur as themes that I would bet a grad student somewhere is analyzing in a paper right now Harbach writes in a controlled professional writer's workshop manner about 80% of the time His writing is good clean and high quality but unfortunately occasionally reads sterile The gay guys discovering each other subplot was trite and predictable Only in the last fifty pages does he passionately let loose The novel's end is serene and satisfying The first 460 pages are like a clinic on how to write well Nothing wrong with that If you like austere well constructed novels you'll like The Art of Fielding Franzen gives a cover blurb by the way He's a good reference point for Harbach “kind of like Franzen” would describe Harbach wellThe prominent positioning of baseball in the title and storyline might lead non sports oriented is that a word? readers to question if this novel is for them That's a fair inquiry I bet you expect me to say “No you'll like the book even if you don't know much about baseball” But I won't Baseball knowledgeappreciation will increase your interest andor understanding of The Art of Fielding Too many scenes involve the committed meditative approach Mike and Henry employ while on the diamond If you don't know where a shortstop stands in the infield stay away from this book You won't get itSo I liked The Art of Fielding and expect the novel to garner many end of the year prizes and possibly a film deal leading to a serious oscar worthy movie I just can't get passed the idea that for a week or so before the final push toward the last page I wasn't looking forward to reading this book much Maybe the skyrocketing press and reviews raised my expectations too high It's possible Recommended with tempered enthusiasm