Review: The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach

Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (September 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316126691
ISBN-13: 978-0316126694
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What can happen if you suddenly achieve all your dreams?  Henry Skrimshander is just a skinny ballplayer, then he meets Mike Schwartz.  Mike plays ball for the Westish Harpooners, a college baseball team.  He wants Henry to play for them.  After some consideration, and convincing of his father, Henry is given the go ahead to attend Westish.

While at Westish he meets the President of the College Guert Affenlight, his daughter Pella, and his roomate Owen. 

The characters are very vivid.  The situations they find themselves in are realistic, and the overall story is one of love.  Throughout the length of the story, friendships are made, broken, and re-made.  People fall in and out of love.  People achieve their dreams, and lose sight of themselves. 

I was expecting just an average baseball book, but ended up getting one on relationships.  These are relationships among people who are each broken in some way and finding their missing pieces in others.

I think you should pick it up if you get the chance, I find you’d enjoy the story.  I’ll admit there was same language

About the Author

Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He is a cofounder and coeditor of n+1.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Ruby at FSB Associates for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.