Amazing Advance Praise for THE ART OF FIELDING

August 10, 2011

in Breaking News,Sell Sheets

The Art of Fielding (International): A Novel
Chad Harbach Trade Paperback — B

9780316187510  $12.99
Little, Brown
September 7, 2011

We already shared that Chad Harbach‘s THE ART OF FIELDING is in development with HBO for a dramatic television series from executive producer Scott Rudin.  Click here for more details on the deal.

Continue on for fantastic advance praise for THE ART OF FIELDING…

Praise for THE ART OF FIELDING:

Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding.  It’s pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it — as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life.   –John Irving

“Reading The Art of Fielding is like watching a hugely gifted young shortstop: you keep waiting for the errors, but there are no errors. First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom”—Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom

“An intricate, poised, tingling debut. Harbach’s muscular prose breathes new life into the American past-time, recasts the personal worlds that orbit around it, and leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page.” —Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

“Not being a huge fan of the national pastime, I found it easy to resist the urge to pick up this novel, but once I did I gave myself over completely and scarcely paused for meals.  Like all successful works of literature The Art of Fielding is an autonomous universe, much like the one we inhabit although somehow more vivid.”–Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and How It Ended

“That baseball rewards languid virtuosos and frothing monomaniacs about equally is one of the game’s weird fascinations. That Academe does the same would not be useful information in the hands of a hack. But The Art of Fielding marries the national pastime to the life of the mind, takes off running, and never flags. Chad Harbach’s pen shatters stereotypes like fastballs shatter bats. His sentence-making keeps things fluid and tense as a September pennant race. When the best shortstop alive sounds believably like a Tibetan lama, and when a thrown ball striking a shovel head at dusk leaves your own head ringing with certainty that truth and friendship have triumphed, you know you’re in the hands of a writer you can trust.”—David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

“Spectacular! The Art of Fielding is a wise, warm-hearted, self-assured, and fiercely readable debut, which heralds the coming of a young American writer to watch. Harbach’s characters live and breathe, yearn, ache, and in the end, make you love them for their flaws. You won’t want this book to end.”—Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu and West of Here

“Here is that rarest of pleasures, a baseball novel by someone who really knows baseball. The beautiful part is that The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story. I read this vividly written, powerfully imagined story of a group of young ballplayers and the small-college world they inhabit in a single weekend—read it when I was supposed to be going to the park, making lunch, seeing a movie. Chad Harbach is that kind of writer, so affecting, subtle, funny and true that he gets in the way of your plans and makes everything better.”—Nicholas Dawidoff author of The Catcher Was A Spy and editor of Baseball: A Literary Anthology

“Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is one of those rare novels – like Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh or John Irving’s The World According to Garp – that seems to appear out of nowhere and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as the unexpected news-blast that the novel is very much alive and well.”—James Patterson

“Chad Harbach can make anything mesmerizing: a potato cube in a bowl of clam chowder, a college baseball player’s batting average, the antics of teenagers, the antics of grownups, the consequences of falling in love, the consequences of falling from grace. What a beautiful book this is, a feast to gulp and savor.”—Joanna Scott

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