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The Art of Fielding – two men on base

The Art of Fielding
by
Chad Harbach

Yes, this is a baseball themed book but don’t let that put you off.  You don’t need to know anything about baseball or even like it, it’s just used as background for straight boy coming -of-age angst.  Aside from that you also get two gay characters who aren’t often portrayed in literature (one plays baseball, well, and the other is an older man and authority figure) who embark on a non-traditional relationship  – they have an age gap that would make a Hollywood casting agent blush.  Their courtship and early relationship difficulties are portrayed sweetly and humorously and I was genuinely curious to see how their story line played out though in the end I felt the author took the easy way out of that one. Continue reading