|Now out in paperback|
The Art of Fielding is really about four students and the president of Westish College, the kind of small, picturesque mid-western school maybe you wish you'd attended. The psychological impact of one errant throw alters the lives of each of the characters. Four stumble into something akin to love while the fifth completely falls apart. But in baseball the game is never over until the final out, so there is an opportunity for redemption no matter how grievous the error. We're talkin' baseball all right, though it's not really about baseball (even though it sort of is)."