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Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter

·3.73·28,106 Ratings
“ You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. ” ― Andrè Gide
Authors' Books
  • Through the Safety Net: Stories

    1998·
    ·3.97·395 Ratings
    Baxter dives into the undercurrents of middle-class American life in these eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories. Whether they know it or not, Baxter's characters are floating above an abyss of unruly desire, inexplicable dread, unforeseen tragedy,
  • Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

    2005·
    ·3.68·6,172 Ratings
    A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.A bestseller in its own right and a must-have for fans of the #1 bestselling
  • A Relative Stranger: Stories

    2001·
    ·3.97·467 Ratings
    Without question Charles Baxter, whose ravishing novel The Feast of Love was a National Book Award finalist, is one of our finest contemporary writers. These two books, set in the Michigan landscape that Baxter has made his own, display his unparalleled g
  • Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

    2004·
    ·4.13·1,022 Ratings
    "Lately I've been possessed of a singularly unhappy idea: The greatest influence on American fiction for the last twenty years may have been Richard Nixon." What happens to American fiction in a time when villains are deprived of their villainy; when our
  • Harmony of the World: Stories

    1997·
    ·3.99·183 Ratings
    In these ten stories, Charles Baxter shows his genius in making his characters' everyday sufferings--and occasional fragile joys--seem utterly unprecedented, even as he reminds us, gently and with a sly comic twist, that everything they feel is only the c
  • The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

    2007·
    ·4·811 Ratings
    Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond
  • Shadow Play

    2001·
    ·3.58·268 Ratings
    Without question Charles Baxter, whose ravishing novel The Feast of Love was a National Book Award finalist, is one of our finest contemporary writers. These two books, set in the Michigan landscape that Baxter has made his own, display his unparalleled g
  • First Light

    1987·
    ·3.74·396 Ratings
    Hugh Welch has cared for his little sister Dorsey ever since they were children, when Dorsey looked at him as though he were a god. But when Dorsey returns to their small Michigan hometown with a successful career as an astrophysicist and a happy family l
  • Saul and Patsy

    2005·
    ·3.28·933 Ratings
    Five Oaks, Michigan is not exactly where Saul and Patsy meant to end up. Both from the East Coast, they met in college, fell in love, and settled down to married life in the Midwest. Saul is Jewish and a compulsively inventive worrier; Patsy is gentile an
  • Believers: A novella and stories

    1998·
    ·3.9·598 Ratings
    With his five previous books of fiction, Charles Baxter established himself as a contemporary literary master, in the traditions of Raymond Carver, William Maxwell, and Alice Munro. This radiant new collection confirms Baxter's ability to revel in the sur
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