A Box of Matches
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 Emmett’s hearth and home. Nicholson Baker’s extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
A middle-aged man with a wife, two kids, and pet duck Greta, decides to wake up a few hours earlier each morning, light a fire, and think about his life. Basically, this book is about nothing, and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AThurman - LibraryThing
This is actually the slightest of Baker's triad of minimalist stream of consciousness novels, after the great The Mezzanine and good Room Temperature, but I'll give it an extra star because it ... Read full review