This month we’ll be discussing The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, a book about baseball, life, and relationships at a small Midwestern college. Named one the ten best books of 2011 by The New York Times, Amazon, and NPR, among others. There is much to discuss in this debut novel, written “…with the self-assurance of a seasoned novelist… a masterful precision over the language and pacing of his narrative, and in some 500 pages, there’s rarely a word that feels out of place. The title is a reference to baseball, but Harbach’s concern with sports is more than just a cheap metaphor. The Art of Fielding explores relationships–between friends, family, and lovers–and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There’s an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion. The Art of Fielding is somehow both confident and intimate, simple yet deeply moving.” (from Amazon)
This book club is ongoing and takes place the first Thursday of every month in the Vander Veen Center on the 4th floor of the Main Library. Additional copies of The Art of Fielding and other upcoming selections, including November’s selection, Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, are available at the Local History desk on the 4th floor of the Main Library.