Every once in awhile you find a book that has the rare combination of a good plot, complex and believable characters with complex and believable relationships. The Art of Fielding is one of those stories. Set in a small liberal arts college, the story revolves around 5 people. Henry Skrimshander is a farm boy who is amazingly talented at short stop - so talented that he is being pursued by scouts from many of the pro teams. Mike Schwartz, the captain of the baseball team, has been Henry's mentor throughout his college career. Owen Dunne (my favorite character), Henry's roommate is an amazing ball player, but unlike the other members of his team, enjoys reading Greek classics in the dugout during the game. The final two characters are Guert Affenlight, the college president, and his daughter Pella, who has returned home after a failed marriage. The story is compelling and very readable - definitely one of my favorite books of the year.