The Art of Fielding: A Novel is our June book. I am not sure how in love with it I am going to be but I will give it a chance. Here is a little about what The Art of Fielding: A Novel is about: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.
I am not much of a sports fan unless it is soccer and that is less about the game and more about the hot foreign men wearing shorts and bending over and such so I am not sure how I feel about this book just yet but it got decent reviews. I hope it doesn’t disappoint because there is nothing worse than being stuck reading a book I don’t like.