July 1: Art of Fielding

Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight 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. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff). It 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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  • Allison

    I wish I could make it but am too busy getting ready for my trip! I really enjoyed the book and wish I could be a part of the discussion though! See you soon.

    July 1, 2013

  • Julia

    Is wine allowed?

    June 26, 2013

    • Annie

      I'm not aware of official library policy, but I tend to think not.

      June 26, 2013

  • Julia

    This sounds like a great group. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope I'll have time to read the book!

    June 22, 2013

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