Gryphon: New and Selected Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2011 - Fiction - 448 pages

A New York Times Notable Book from the winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune)

By turns compassionate, gently humorous, and haunting, this collection—sixteen classics with seven new stories—proves William Maxwell’s assertion that “nobody can touch Charles Baxter in the field that he has carved out for himself.”

Whether friends or strangers, the characters in these stories share a desire—sometimes muted and sometimes fierce—to break through the fragile glass of convention. In the title story, a substitute teacher walks into a new classroom, draws an outsized tree on the blackboard on a whim, and rewards her students by reading their fortunes using a Tarot deck. In each of the stories we see the delicate tension between what we want to believe and what we need to believe.
"A warmly disposed yet unsentimental chronicler of American lives ... Some [stories are] poignant and disturbing, and all of them highly readable." —The New York Times Book Review


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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

The magic of A FEAST OF LOVE surfaced in many of these stories, up to "Kiss Away." Until then, Charles Baxter had avoided most modern novel cliches (clapboard houses, First Light, etc.). But now, here ... Read full review

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Baxter takes a fresh look at an array of situations and stories. These would be perfect for reading at the beach. Read full review

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The Wouldbe Father
Horace and Margarets Fiftysecond
Harmony of the World
The Eleventh Floor
Fenstads Mother
The Disappeared
The Next Building I Plan to Bomb
Flood Show
The Cures for Love
Poor Devil

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Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light, and the collections Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He has won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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