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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 a fiancee who no longer wants him. A hospital maintenance worker makes a perverse bid for his place in the sunlight of celebrity. A man and a woman who have lost their only child cling fiercely to the one thing they have left of her--their grief. Lit by the quiet lightning of Baxter's prose, Through the Safety Net is filled with rare artistry and feeling.
"Mr. Baxter's stories are intelligent, original, gracefully written, always moving, frequently funny and--that rarest of compliments--wise."--New York Times Book Review
Saul and Patsy Are Getting Uncomfortable in Michigan
Surprised by Joy
The Eleventh Floor
Through the Safety Net
A late Sunday Afternoon by the Huron