The Art of Fielding
A wonderful, warm novel from a major new American voice. Henry Skrimshander, newly arrived at college, shy and out of his depth, has a talent for baseball that borders on genius. But sometimes it seems that his only friend is big Mike Schwartz -- who champions the talents of others, at the expense of his own. And Owen, Henry's clever, charismatic, gay roommate, who has a secret that could put his brilliant college career in jeopardy. Pella, the 23-year-old daughter of the college president, has returned home after a failed marriage, determined to get her life in order. Only to find her father, a confirmed bachelor, has fallen desperately in love himself. Then, one fateful day, Henry makes a mistake -- misthrows a ball. And everything changes!
'It's left a little hole in my life the way a really good book will' Jonathan Franzen 'This is an outstanding novel about sport and, in Henry Skrimshander, Harbach has created a character who will keep sports psychologists in conversation for years' Mike Atherton, The Times 'It's already booked its place on the dinner party bookshelves among the Murakamis, the McEwans, the Zadie Smiths and the Rushdies' Sunday Times 'Once started The Art of Fielding is a book you want to read and read. It is deliciously old-fashioned: it simply gets on with the business of creating vivid, layered characters and telling a good, engrossing story' Daily Telegraph 'An intricate, poised, tingling debut ! leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page' Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife, winner of the Orange Prize 'Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding. It's pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it -- as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life.' John Irving Steeped in American tradition, this moving debut hits a home run!What in less skilled hands might have been a light comic novel evolves into a debut of great warmth and weight! This is a charming, moving and slyly profound novel. You might even say Chad Harbach hit this one out of the park' Sunday Telegraph 'Charming, warm-hearted, addictive' Guardian 'A terrifically engaging novel! you will be rewarded by a page-turning, beguiling and wonderfully warm-hearted read'. Sunday Times 'The baseball sequences are terrific! Harbach captures precisely the strangely becalmed grace that sets sportsmen like Henry apart!Very good indeed' Independent
Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin, and graduated from Harvard in 1997. He was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he received an MFA in Fiction in 2004. He is currently the Executive Editor of n+1, which he co-founded, and lives in Brooklyn.