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Through the Safety Net

Through the Safety Net

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Written by Charles BaxterAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Charles Baxter

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: September 29, 1998
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-77649-9 (0-679-77649-4)
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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


CONTENTS

Stained Glass

Winter Journey

Saul and Patsy Are Getting Uncomfortable in Michigan

Media Event

Surprised by Joy

Talk Show

Cataract

The Eleventh Floor

Gryphon

Through the Safety Net

A late Sunday Afternoon by the Huron