First Line: The Art of Fielding

I like first lines, and I thought it’d be a nice feature to add on the days I don’t necessarily post a review. Today’s first line comes from the book I’m reading currently, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. It’s been dominating the NY Times bestseller list since it came out in hardcover, and it was released in paperback this Tuesday.

Schwartz didn’t notice the kid during the game. Or rather, he noticed only what everyone else did–that he was the smallest player on the field, a scrawny novelty of a shortstop, quick of food but weak with the bat. Only after the game ended, when the kid returned to the sun-scorched diamond to take extra grounders, did Schwartz see the grace that shaped Henry’s every move.

Stay tuned in the next couple weeks for my review of this debut novel. Until then, Happy reading!

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About katepadilla

I write for the Spencer Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa. I keep blogs lifebythebooks, Save Me, San Francisco, and Beauty and Beast Buy a House. I'm also hard at work writing a short story collection inspired by the music of Train.

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