A Box of Matches. Nicholson Baker.

A Box of Matches

Vintage:
New York: 2004
First printing, Trade paperback, Fine,
178 pp.
Cover artwork by: John Gall

An “as new” copy with no remainder mark. A story about Emmett. More accurately, the story of what Emmett thinks about and talks about when he gets up in the morning. Emmett has a wife, two children, a cat, and a duck. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee and lights a fire with one match. Then he sits and watches the fire, drinks his coffee and thinks. This novel, like other Baker novels, takes place in a confined space: That space around Emmett’s hearth and home. He thinks about his life and the lives of his family. He thinks about pretty normal stuff. Baker is one of those very gifted writers who can take the minuscule and the seemingly ordinary and turn them into the huge and the earth-shattering. What Mervyn Peake does for dust motes, Baker does for a box of matches. #22280

Price: $7.00

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