Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Why the College Novel Continues to Inspire So Many Writers, in Particular, Two Who are Appearing at Boswell on Thursday (Harbach) and Sunday (Eugenides).
a. Henry Skrimshander, a baseball natural
b. Mike Schwartz, his teammate and mentor
c. Guert Affenglight, the college president
e. Owen Moore, roommate and teammate of "a" and I'm not giving anything away as it's in every review and description, love interest of c.
"I was planning to tell you."
"When, on your deathbed?"
"Maybe," he said. "Or a little after that."
Ever since the buzz panel at Book Expo, ever since right afterwards, when our pal Tracy came back from the show (she went sort of for the JCC--long story) incredibly effusive about Harbach, ever since the amazing advance reads, including one from a sales rep (not Hachette) telling me it was the best novel she'd read all year, we've had heightened awareness of The Art of Fielding. But it seems like nothing created buzz like that Vanity Fair article written by Keith Gessen, "The Book on Publishing." (Gessen's novel pictured below right). It's not available for a free link, but you can buy the ebook. I just don't think you can buy it as a Google Editions ebook, which really sucks.
You can the purchase the magazine story for Nook or Kindle here, but alas, not from us. I almost left the link off, but it's tough for a bookseller not to give away info.
More on The Art of Fielding:
--The Journal Sentinel piece from Jim Higgins
--The Michiko Kakutani review in The New York Times that called Harbach "immensely talented" and put the novel in "the pantheon of classics"
--Judith Shulevitz's review in Slate
--The interview with Chad Harbach in The Paris Review.
Get a signed copy of The Art of Fielding, while supplies last
Get a signed copy of The Marriage Plot, likewise.