A Relative Stranger: Stories

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Penguin, 1991 - Fiction - 223 pages
17 Reviews
Set in the Michigan landscape that Charles Baxter has made his own, these thirteen exquisite stories illuminate the often curious connections of relatives and strangers. 'You can't just get a brother off the street', says the narrator of the title story, but indeed he does. In another, a woman tries to elude her lover's voice by spending an entire day without words. A marriage is jostled by the departure of a friend during a snowstorm. Baxter's stories tend to be love stories, but it is love tinged with fear, even danger, where shock, comedy, and love combine in unexpected ways.

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

I loved the title story--it had this line that felt just perfect to me ("I have never had a car worth locking; it was not a goal.") I also really liked Fenstad's Mother, Westland, and Snow (which has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roberta - Goodreads

This is an absolutely stunning collection. I heard the first story on Selected Shorts, and this must have been what put me onto Baxter. The major characters share similarities - but the stories did not feel repetitive but, instead, achingly united. Read full review

About the author (1991)

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.

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