A Relative Stranger: Stories
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Review: A Relative Stranger: StoriesUser 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