What’s That Book? The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

 

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Title
: The Art of Fielding

Author:  Chad Harbach

Genre: Fiction

Rating:  ***

What’s it about?  Westish College star shortstop Henry Skrimshander thought he was headed for Major League Baseball, but now his throw is off.  He must do something, but what?  As the season unfolds, Henry grapples with self-doubt and several other characters, including the university president, struggle with their own challenges.  Each character hopes that their beliefs in love, family and relationships are strong enough to carry them through.  A dramatic conclusion awaits at the season’s end.

How did you hear about it?  I was interested in the idea of an athlete facing a slump because it’s a common topic in college and professional sports commentary.

Closing comment:  I was disappointed with the book because I thought it was going to be about overcoming adversity, one of my favorite themes, but it is more about unlikely relationships and situations and unrealistic characters.

Contributor:  Ginette


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3 thoughts on “What’s That Book? The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

  1. The premise sounded good and like you I would have thought the theme would have been about overcoming adversity – always an interesting angle to take. Oh well, your disappointment is understandably palpable.

  2. I’ve been wondering about this book – I’m kind of glad it’s not a great one because there are too many other books to read!

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