October’s Book: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

by Jamie Klingler

The book for the October meeting of the London Book Club has been chosen as The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I’m told that having no interest in American sports isn’t a barrier to what promises to be a great book.

The Art of Fielding cover

Henry Skrimshander, newly arrived at college, shy and out of his depth, has a talent for baseball that borders on genius. But sometimes it seems that his only friend is big Mike Schwartz – who champions the talents of others, at the expense of his own. And Owen, Henry’s clever, charismatic, gay roommate, who has a secret that could put his brilliant college career in jeopardy.

Pella, the 23-year-old daughter of the college president, has returned home after a failed marriage, determined to get her life in order. Only to find her father, a confirmed bachelor, has fallen desperately in love himself.

Then, one fateful day, Henry makes a mistake – misthrows a ball. And everything changes…

We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, 29th October, at 7pm. The venue will change, so please keep an eye out here, or on your emails, for more details.

Happy reading.