A Box of Matches

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2004 - Fiction - 178 pages
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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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Baker specializes in quirky, small-scale novels that flout most of the accepted rules of fiction while at the same time retaining an old-fashioned, reader-friendly accessibility. His books are not ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
12
Section 4
16
Section 5
20
Section 6
27
Section 7
33
Section 8
38
Section 18
100
Section 19
108
Section 20
114
Section 21
120
Section 22
125
Section 23
129
Section 24
130
Section 25
134

Section 9
42
Section 10
47
Section 11
55
Section 12
58
Section 13
65
Section 14
72
Section 15
78
Section 16
84
Section 17
89
Section 26
139
Section 27
144
Section 28
149
Section 29
154
Section 30
161
Section 31
168
Section 32
173
Section 33
177
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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 novels–The Mezzanine (1988), Room Temperature (1990), Vox (1992), The Fermata (1994), and The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998)–and 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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