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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 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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Believers
A novella and stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.00

With his five previous books of fiction, Charles Baxter established himself as a contemporary literary master, in the traditions of Raymond Carver, William Maxwell, and Alice Munro. This radiant new collection--seven short stories and one novella--confirms Baxter's ability to revel in the surfaces of seemingly ordinary lives while uncovering their bedrock... Read more >

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The Feast of Love
A Novel
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $15.95

From “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that—a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night’s... Read more >
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The Feast of Love

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 2009
Price: $11.99

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First Light

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00

Hugh Welch has cared for his little sister Dorsey ever since they were children, when Dorsey looked at him as though he were a god. But when Dorsey returns to their small Michigan hometown with a successful career as an astrophysicist and a happy family life, Hugh, who has a long... Read more >
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First Light

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Gryphon
New and Selected Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.00

Winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story

Ever since the publication of his first story collection in 1984, Charles Baxter has slowly gained a reputation as one of America’s finest short story writers. Gryphon brings together sixteen classics with seven new stories, giving us the most complete portrait of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Gryphon
New and Selected Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $27.95

Ever since the publication of The Harmony of the World in 1984, Charles Baxter has slowly gained a reputation as one of America’s finest short-story writers. Each subsequent collection—Through the Safety Net, A Relative Stranger, and Believers—was further confirmation of his mastery: his gift for capturing the immediate moment, for revealing... Read more >
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Gryphon
New and Selected Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Harmony of the World
Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $13.00

In these ten stories, Charles Baxter shows his genius in making his characters' everyday sufferings--and occasional fragile joys--seem utterly unprecedented, even as he reminds us, gently and with a sly comic twist, that everything they feel is only the collateral damage of being human. Whether he is writing about the players... Read more >

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Saul and Patsy

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $13.95

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Saul and Patsy

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The Soul Thief

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $13.95

Here is an extraordinary new novel from one of our most admired and acclaimed writers, a creator of "stunning, never predictable, glimmering fiction, full of mischief and insight” (Los Angeles Times).

During Nathaniel Mason’s first few months as a graduate student in upstate New York, he is drawn into a tangle... Read more >
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The Soul Thief
A Novel
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $9.99

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There's Something I Want You to Do
Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Price: $11.99

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There's Something I Want You to Do
Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Price: $24.00

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Through the Safety Net
stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $14.00

Baxter dives into the undercurrents of middle-class American life in these eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories. Whether they know it or not, Baxter's characters are floating above an abyss of unruly desire, inexplicable dread, unforeseen tragedy, and sudden moments of grace.

A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm to rescue... Read more >

The Would-be Father

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: eBook, 16 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 16, 2014
Price: $0.99

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