Books by Charles Baxter

GRYPHON by Charles Baxter
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"The uncanny power of Baxter's work derives from his knowledge of our secret selves as well as our surface ones."
This is the fifth story collection from novelist Baxter (The Soul Thief, 2008, etc.); its 23 stories (seven of them new) range from mediocre to memorable to mesmerizing. Read full book review >
THE SOUL THIEF by Charles Baxter
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Structural weaknesses aside, a subtle, engaging novel."
Predatory love wreaks havoc on two lives in the latest novel from Baxter (Saul and Patsy, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
SAUL AND PATSY by Charles Baxter
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Baxter is a master of stealth, easing us by degrees from a world shaped by love toward a creepy nihilism. His deft fusion of a love story with a post-Columbine psychodrama is a major achievement."
What seems like a safe haven for a loving young couple is shattered by a high-school dropout's suicide: Baxter's latest follows The Feast of Love, an NBA finalist in 2000. Read full book review >
THE FEAST OF LOVE by Charles Baxter
Released: May 4, 2000

The different longings people subsume within the actions of loving others are explored with wry affection: an extremely likable third novel from the celebrated author (Believers, 1997; Shadow Play, 1993, etc.) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

THE BUSINESS OF MEMORYThe Art of Remembering in the Age of ForgettingBaxter, Charles— Ed.

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Released: April 1, 1997

In nine repackaged essays, novelist and short-story writer Baxter (Believers, p. 76, etc.) scorches such fictional, and social, trends as mandatory epiphanies, preachified characterizations, and the absence of villainy. To touch on his sore spots about current fiction and ``the storytelling of everyday life,'' Baxter often opens with overtly mundane scenes, such as funeral eulogies, gossipy parties, or the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, before moving on to sometimes slender fictional parallels. Read full book review >

BELIEVERS by Charles Baxter
Released: March 1, 1997

No one will ever accuse Baxter of literary frivolity—and that's the problem. Read full book review >

SHADOW PLAY by Charles Baxter
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

A superb short-story writer, Baxter disappoints in his second novel (after First Light, 1987)—an uninspired mix of Sinclair Lewis and Ann Beattie. Read full book review >