Through the safety net: stories

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Penguin Books, Jul 3, 1986 - Fiction - 216 pages
25 Reviews
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.

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Review: Through the Safety Net: Stories

User Review  - Terri Jacobson - Goodreads

I found this collection of short stories to be rather uneven. Some I liked greatly, others not so much. Baxter writes about middle-class characters who face some crisis in their lives. The writing is good and the character development is also pretty good. I do think this is a book worth reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I'm always looking for new short stories to like, and I don't even know why I picked this up, but I loved it. Baxter is like the 80s version of Cheever. Great stories, excellent writing. Gave me a lot to think about while delighting me with imagery. Read full review

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Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including "The Feast of Love", "Shadow Play", & "First Light", & collections of stories including "Believers" & "A Relative Stranger". He teaches writing at the University of Michigan.