The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
How to sum this one up? Certainly it’s a baseball book. But it’s really about relationships between family, friends and lovers and the complications set off by a single baseball error. Set on a college campus, it’s a bromance. And a romance. And a gay romance too. It’s also got lots of literary allusions (Melville, Emerson, Dickinson and more!). It’s fast paced reading that I found engaging and often funny. It’s a page turner in that I wanted to know what was going to happen next in the lives of the characters: three team mates, a college president and his daughter. The Art of Fielding was among The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011. Pretty impressive.