Nicholson Baker   A Box of Matches  
Nicholson Baker  
Read an Interview with Nicholson Baker

Read an Excerpt from A Box of Matches


Nicholson Baker, renowned for his novels Vox and The Fermata, is one of our most consistently risk-taking authors. A highly accomplished literary experimentalist with a delicious wit, he can riff on just about anything. Long before "Seinfeld" became a hit TV show about nothing, Baker was writing dazzling books about, well, not much at all. By plumbing the minutiae of everyday life, often in the literary equivalent of real-time, Baker's micro-realism creates imaginary worlds that delight the reader. He creates art out of literary digressions.

A Box of Matches is Nicholson Baker's latest novel and continues his search to celebrate life and find beauty in the everyday. Emmett, a middle-aged editor of medical textbooks, gets out of bed each morning at 4am and slips quietly down the stairs so as not to wake his wife and two children. Without turning on the lights, he brews himself a cup of coffee and carefully carries it to his living room where he completes his eccentric little ritual by picking up a box of matches and lighting a fire in his fireplace. What he reflects upon while the rest of the world is fast asleep is the subject of this quirky and delightful book from one of our most original contemporary authors. A Box of Matches is the perfect book to read on a blustery winter day while sitting in a cozy armchair by a fire.

In this issue of Bold Type you'll find an excerpt from A Box of Matches as well as an interview with Nicholson Baker.

—Larry Weissman

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