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Literature / The Art Of Fielding

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At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight 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.


Provides examples of:

  • Carpet of Virility: Schwartz' body hair is repeatedly mentioned in his physical descriptions.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: Henry's didn't get first spots in his high school team until the coachs' saw his skills as a shortstop.
  • Training Montage: Henry's training, over a two year period.