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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

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ISBN-10:  0316126691
ISBN-13:  978-0316126694
Genre:  Literature & Fiction
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
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review by . October 14, 2011
Name checking Steve Blass disease wins Harbach points in my book, in a book about baseball that really isn't about baseball.   If you don't recognize the term, google it, but you might want to wait until it is used in the book so that the definition of the term doesn't become a spoiler for you.      The title "The Art of Fielding" is also the title of a book about playing shortstop by one of the game's legends, and Henry Skrimshander carries …
review by . March 01, 2012
In this timeless, contemporary novel, we observe the interactions of a number of characters on a college campus.      As the story begins, Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop on the Westish baseball team. He had been recruited by Mike Schwartz, the captain of the team.      Henry is a shortstop who plays his position so well, he's like a lone star on a blue sky.      Henry plays for the love of the game and he goes about his business …
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