A Box of Matches (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2004 - Fiction - 178 pages
16 Reviews
Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no further than Emmettís hearth and home. Nicholson Bakerís extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.

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User Review  - Christian Schwoerke - Goodreads

I'd never read anything by Baker, and knew only of his book Vox, which created something of a sensation back in the late 70s or early 80s, with what I recall was a gimmick: the entire novel was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bree (AnotherLookBook) - Goodreads

Ever since I picked up The Mezzanine on a whim, I've been hooked on Nicholson Baker. Since that first entry into his wonderful world of prose, I've read quite a bit of his writing, both fiction and ... Read full review

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Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He has published five previous novelsĖThe Mezzanine (1988), Room Temperature (1990), Vox (1992), The Fermata (1994), and The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998)Ėand three works of nonfiction, U and I (1991), The Size of Thoughts (1996), and Double Fold (2001), which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he founded the American Newspaper Repository, a collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.

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