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The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

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challenging emotional medium-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated


This book has been on my shelf for at LEAST 10 years, and if I'm being honest, usually when I pick up a book I've had that long I feel like I could have just never read it and been fine. BUT, I really loved this book! I listened to the audiobook, and was immediately drawn into the story. I usually shy away from audiobooks that are longer than like... 8 hours (DEFINITELY over 12), and this was almost 16 hours long and I listened to it in 3 days. The characters were compelling, frustrating, empathetic... sometimes a bit aloof. I really enjoyed how all of their stories intertwined.

I do wish some of the relationships had been more developed—I wanted more about Henry and Owen's friendship for whatever reason (and more development of Owen general), and given that Henry and Mike are the crux of this story, I wish their conflicts had been a bit more fleshed out via actual dialogue between them, but I suppose that's not who they are... therapy for them both!

Also it made me lol how often Schwartz's changing widow's peak was mentioned. We love a random defining physical trait.

TW: depression, suicide, eating disorder, death of a parent, grief, administrator/student relationship (both are consenting adults), abuse of painkillers, psychiatric hospital

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