Book Acquired, 8.29.2011


Got a finished copy of Chad Harbach’s (n+1) début novel The Art of Fielding today; the book comes out next week from Little, Brown & Company. Their description—

At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for the big leagues until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry’s life’s purpose is called into question. Guert Affenlight, the college’s president, has fallen helplessly, unexpectedly in love. Owen Glass, Henry’s gay roommate, becomes swept up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the team captain, realizes he guides Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish to start a new life after an ill-fated marriage. As the season counts down to its climax, these five confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets, and help one another to 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.


2 thoughts on “Book Acquired, 8.29.2011”

    1. Yeah, it got a glowing review in Salon Slate this week. I read the first 70 pages the other night. The author is one of the founders of n+1, so, I think he’s made a friend or two in the industry (I think there was a pretty big bidding war for the book). Anyway, the beginning isn’t bad, in terms of plot, anyway, but the writing is, uh, fairly middlebrow.


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