Through the Safety Net

Through the Safety Net

by Charles Baxter
     
 

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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, and sudden moments of grace.

A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm to rescue a

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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, and sudden moments of grace.

A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm to rescue a fiancee who no longer wants him. A hospital maintenance worker makes a perverse bid for his place in the sunlight of celebrity. A man and a woman who have lost their only child cling fiercely to the one thing they have left of her—their grief. Lit by the quiet lightning of Baxter's prose, Through the Safety Net is filled with rare artistry and feeling.

Editorial Reviews

Nation
A remarkable storyteller. . . . His narratives can be as plausible as they are utterly amazing.
Los Angeles Times
An exemplary writer. . . . His every story [is] a lesson in observation, feeling and wit.
New York Times Book Review
Mr. Baxter's stories are intelligent, original, gracefully written, always moving, frequently funny and -- that rarest of compliments -- wise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679776499
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Alice Munro
Charles Baxter's stories have reminded me of how broad and deep and shining a story can be, and I am grateful.

Meet the Author

Charles Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of seven other works of fiction, including Believers, Harmony of the World, and Through the Safety Net. The Feast of Love was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1947
Place of Birth:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education:
B. A., Macalester College, 1969; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974
Website:
http://www.charlesbaxter.com

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