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The Art of Fielding (Signed First Edition)

Harbach, Chad

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ISBN 10: 0316126691 / ISBN 13: 9780316126694
Published by Little Brown, 2011
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New York: Little Brown [2011]. First edition. First printing. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page (his name only, no other inscriptions). Brand New. A pristine unread copy. Very fine/very fine in all repsects. Smoke-free, defect-free, etc. Shipped in sturdy box with bubble wrap. Purchased new and opened only for author to sign. Comes with archival-quality mylar dust jacket protector. The book quickly went through multiple printings. This is the first printing, with the full number line to 1. One of the Top Five Fiction Books of the Year, 2011, as chosen by the New York Times Book Review. Author's debut. You cannot find a better copy. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 09-2011-101

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Title: The Art of Fielding (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Little Brown

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, 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. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Though The Art of Fielding is his fiction debut, Chad Harbach writes with the self-assurance of a seasoned novelist. He exercises 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. Harbach has penned one of the year's finest works of fiction.--Kevin Nguyen

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