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The art of fielding : a novel
Chad Harbach
Adult Fiction HARBACH

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Summary: At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another 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.

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main characters Henry Skrimshander
Was destined for stardom until a routine throw went disastrously off course; fights against self-doubt.
College student

Guert Afflenlight
President of Westish College; longtime bachelor; has fallen helplessly in love.
College president

Owen Dunne
Henry's roommate and teammate; caught up in a dangerous affair.
College student

Mike Schwartz
Captain of the Harpooner's; Henry's best friend; realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own.
Baseball coach

Pella Afflenlight
Guert's daughter; has returned home after escaping an ill-fated marriage; determined to start a new life.

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