A Relative Stranger: Stories

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Penguin, 1991 - Fiction - 223 pages
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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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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

A relative stranger: stories

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Everything old becomes new again in this collection of 13 short stories. Set in Michigan, Baxter's stories explore the various manifestations of love in human relationships: love that is lost, found ... Read full review

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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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