Henry Skrimshander is a skinny kid who loves baseball. Mike Schwartz is a student at Westish College in Wisconsin. Mike discovers Henry playing in one of his last games in an amateur summer league. Henry’s days of organized baseball appear to be coming to an end as his lack of size and inability to hit well has resulted in colleges passing him by. What Henry does do exceptionally well is field his shortstop position and make totally accurate throws to first base. Mike takes him under his wing, builds his strength and by September, Henry has joined Mike at Westish as a member of the baseball team.
The team is finally winning and Henry is on the brink of tying the all-time record of consecutive games without an error when an errant throw to first base changes the lives of many of the characters in the book, from Henry’s gay roommate, Owen to both Westish President Guert Affenlight and his daughter, Pella. Chad Harbach creates a serious of interlocked events that are both interesting and unexpected.
There is so much more to The Art of Fielding than baseball and I have to admit I was quickly caught up in Mr. Harbach’s writing skills. This was a four **** star book for me.