The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding

Chad Harbach

Finished this book wishing for more - an absolutely mesmerising and seductive account of baseball, friendship, love, success and failure at a small university in mid-western USA. The characters of Henry, Schwartzy, 'Buddha', Pella and president Affenlight weedle themselves into your heart - guaranteed. And how fascinating is baseball! My book of the year, if not the decade.

Extract

'You told me once that a soul isn't something a person is born with but something that must be built, by effort and error, study and love. And you did that with more dedication than most, that work of building a soul - not for your own benefit but for the benefit of those who knew you.'

Parallels
  • Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo
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Violence
Explicit sexual content