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Checkpoint
A Novel
Written by Nicholson Baker

Checkpoint
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Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2005
Price: $10.00
Can. Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7985-8 (1-4000-7985-3)
Pages: 128
Also available as an eBook.



 
From Nicholson Baker, best-selling author of Vox and the most original writer of his generation, his most audacious novel yet.

Meet Jay.

Meet Ben.

Jay has summoned his old friend Ben to a hotel room not far from the nation’s capitol. During the course of an afternoon, they will share a delicious lunch and will crack open a bottle of wine from the hotel minibar. They will chat about everything from Ben’s new camera to Iraq to the unfortunate fate of a particular free-range chicken.

And Jay will explain to Ben exactly why and how he is planning to commit a murder that will change the course of history.


“A quick, stripped cry of a book. . . . As timely as fiction gets.” –Lorrie Moore, New York Review of Books

“Provocative . . . incendiary . . . a great work.” –Rick Moody, The Believer

“A meditation on action . . . [Baker] analyses the details of daily life with a surgeon’s precision.” –The Economist

“If one of our supreme chroniclers of mild manners can be roused to such patriotic indignation, democracy yet has a fighting chance.” –Voice Literary Supplement

“A ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama for the printed page, a timely and tense screed for a divided country hurtling toward who knows where.” –Associated Press

“Checkpoint is about limits–of presidential power, of law, of discourse, of rationality, and of language itself.” –Boston Phoenix

“Compelling . . . a passionate cry from the heart.” –USA Today



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He has published six previous novels and three works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001.





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