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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Though The Art of Fielding is his fiction debut, Chad Harbach writes with the self-assurance of a seasoned novelist. He exercises a masterful precision over the language and pacing of his narrative, and in some 500 pages, there's rarely a word that feels out of place. The title is a reference to baseball, but Harbach's concern with sports is more than just a cheap metaphor. The Art of Fielding explores relationships--between friends, family, and lovers--and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There's an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion. The Art of Fielding is somehow both confident and intimate, simple yet deeply moving. Harbach has penned one of the year's finest works of fiction.--Kevin Nguyen--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
5 stars for the craft; Harbach is a fine writer. 3 stars for the limitations of his main character, Henry Skrimshander, as a human being with any degree of depth. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Russell M.
Material was unevenly written. Some passages showed insight into feelings and actions, others not so much. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Karen Nichols
Very enjoyable if one likes baseball. Some parts could have been left out.Published 16 days ago by Sue
A great read. Interesting characters, and some nice twists. Kept me engaged all the way through.Published 26 days ago by ESP
This book was recommended as a great baseball novel. It actually was so much more. I can't wait for the next season just to catch up with all of the characters again.Published 27 days ago by Elaine K.
The issues in this story addresses current day end of life decisions. When love is not enough. Can't put it down read.Published 1 month ago by Connie F. LaMotta
This is a thought provoking study of relationships,obsessions and promise set in the context of small town college and baseball. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MarieM