Books by Charles Baxter

THERE'S SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO DO by Charles Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nearly as organic as a novel, this is more intriguing, more fun in disclosing its connective tissues through tales that stand well on their own."
The author's sixth collection of short fiction features stories linked by place, character, verbal echo, and a master's hand for foibles and fellowship. Read full book review >
GRYPHON by Charles Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1999

THE BUSINESS OF MEMORYThe Art of Remembering in the Age of ForgettingBaxter, Charles— Ed. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1997

"Much as he tries to challenge conventional taste, Baxter often gets stuck halfway between his idiosyncratic aesthetics and his narrative dislikes."
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. Read full book review >
BELIEVERS by Charles Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >