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A Box of Matches

Written by Nicholson Baker

A Box of Matches
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Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 2004
Price: $14.95
Can. Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70603-5 (0-375-70603-8)
Pages: 192
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Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no farther than Emmett’s hearth and home. Nicholson Baker’s extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.

Baker won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. He now returns to fiction with this lovely book, reminiscent of the early novels—Room Temperature and The Mezzanine—that established his reputation.

PRAISE FOR DOUBLE FOLD

“There’s no mistaking the passion and intelligence he brings to his task or the fiery zest with which he relays his most damning anecdotes.” —Chicago Tribune

“Provocative . . . impassioned and compelling.” —The New York Times

PRAISE FOR THE EVERLASTING STORY OF NORY

“Delightful . . . Reading [it] is similar to listening to a series of piano etudes, each with its own theme playfully developed.” —Time

“Thoughtful and daft, sure-footed and tentative . . . pitch-perfect.” —The Wall Street Journal



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He has published five previous novels—The Mezzanine (1988), Room Temperature (1990), Vox (1992), The Fermata (1994), and The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998)—and three works of nonfiction, U and I (1991), The Size of Thoughts (1996), and Double Fold (2001), which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he founded the American Newspaper Repository, a collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.





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