The Art of Fielding is like a well-worn baseball glove or a well-aged Scotch: soft and familiar, rich and warm. The novel is an intimate and tragic portrait of Westish College varsity baseball stars Henry Skrimshander and Mike Shwartz, as well as of school president Guert Affenlight as he rediscovers himself with the help of the ever-charming Owen Dunne. Well-developed characters, a multiple-perspective narrative, and an exceptionally thoughtful plot make this novel a champion in its division and my personal favourite read of the year. The Art of Fielding is definitely one to add to your reading list and can be best enjoyed curled up by a fire or bundled up on the cold bleachers of a baseball stadium.
- Sasha Odesse