The Art of Fielding The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A disastrous error on the field sends five lives into a tailspin in this widely acclaimed tale about love, life, and baseball, praised by the New York Times as "wonderful...a novel that is every bit as entertaining as it is affecting." 

Named one of the year's best books by the New York Times, NPR, The New YorkerLos Angeles TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalChristian Science MonitorBloombergKansas City StarRichmond Times-Dispatch, and Time Out New York
  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.

"First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom." --Jonathan Franzen

Fiction & Literature
September 7
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Down Doc ,


Real good read. Hard to believe it's his first. I appreciated the openly gay character playing college sports. If it's good enough for Westish and the military, should be good enough for the NFL, NBA and MLB.
The tweak is on the baseball writing. As a huge fan, little things like the perfect bunt past the pitcher with runners on 1st and 2nd are annoying. That bunt goes right to the third baseman in the perfect scenario.
Characters were well conceived and believable.
Would highly recommend.

JKSBoland ,

If you don't know baseball, this is not for you

After reading the most glowing review of this book in Vanity Fair (written by a friend of this book's author), I was left in no doubt that I MUST read this literary classic-to-be.

The book started off very well, introducing some very rounded characters. But then you start reading about baseball games. And if you are like me- clueless about baseball- you'd miss many seemingly important developments of the story. I felt like I had to fill in some gaps with my assumptions.

Halfway through the book, the writing turns overly descriptive. Metaphors and analogies became compulsory to elaborate on every small thought or minute action of the characters. I just wanted the story to move along! Some of the new romances and relationships introduced at this point were so weak that it really strained my suspension of disbelief. I stopped engaging with anybody in the story about three quarters in.

The Vanity Fair article sold me this book by telling me how the price of this manuscript broke all records. I wanted to understand why the author was paid so much for his debut book. And this will probably be the last time I will base my book purchase on how much a publisher is willing to pay for a manuscript.

Doc Mattson ,

The Art of Fielding

It might help to know baseball, and then maybe not. Any sport might have done the trick,but it had to be a team activity and take it from there. A good read thanks to fleshed out characters that you care about and a well told story of a portion of several people's lives, though none might seem familiar to most of us. That's okay, because I rarely relate to the subjects, just their predicaments and thought processes. You seem to find bits of yourself in many good books. Anyway, I recommend this book without hesitancy.

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