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A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker

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Also by Nicholson Baker:

House Of Holes, August 2011
Hardcover
The Anthologist, September 2009
Hardcover
Human Smoke, March 2008
Hardcover
Checkpoint, April 2005
Paperback
A Box of Matches, January 2004
Paperback
The Fermata, February 1995
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Vox, February 1993
Paperback
Room Temperature, April 1991
Paperback
The Mezzanine, January 1990
Paperback

A Box of Matches
Nicholson Baker

Vintage
January 2004
On Sale: January 1, 2004
144 pages
ISBN: 0099448386
EAN: 9780099448389
Paperback
$14.45
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Fiction

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.

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