Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

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Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection – and baseball. For this month's Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

“The Art of Fielding” is a book about baseball, the great American sport that has served as inspiration for many authors. At the center of the tale is Henry Skrimshander, a superstar shortstop who never makes an error--until he does. And that sets into motion his own unraveling. While the action of the novel is on the baseball diamond, the story is as much about life at a liberal arts college, relationships between men, and the pursuit of perfection. With literary references from Melville to T.S. Eliot - as many critics have pointed out- it’s a baseball novel with something for everyone. For our May Readers’ Review, Diane and guests discuss “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach.

Guests

Michele Norris

host and special correspondent for NPR. She leads the "Race Card Project" and is the author of "The Grace of Silence."

Jane Leavy

sportswriter and author. Her books include "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy", "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and The End of American Childhood", and "Squeeze Play".

Louis Bayard

novelist and reviewer. His books include "Mr. Timothy", "The Pale Blue Eye", "The Black Tower" and "The School of Night". He teaches fiction writing at George Washington University

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