Henry Skrimshander arrives at Westish College on the shores of Lake Michigan with a book called The Art of Fielding
in his pocket. Against all the odds, he becomes a champion baseball player in a campus novel that bristles with allusions to Moby-Dick
. In some ways, in fact, it’s the Moby-Dick of baseball: a novel that seems obsessed by a single theme, but that’s actually about far more — in this case, life, love and growing up. But if you now think the book sounds too hardball-centric for you, think again. Believe me, I’m no baseball fan, but I found this rich, mellow, wise — and thoroughly enjoyable.