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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.
thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely
observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no
farther than Emmettâ€™s hearth and home. Nicholson Bakerâ€™s
extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all
its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully
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 novelsâ€”Room Temperature and
The Mezzanineâ€”that established his reputation.
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