A Box of Matches

A Box of Matches

A Novel

Book - 2003
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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 forDouble Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. He now returns to fiction with this lovely book, reminiscent of the early novels--Room TemperatureandThe Mezzanine--that established his reputation.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375502873
Branch Call Number: FIC BAKER
Characteristics: 178 pages ; 21 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Emmett has an ordinary life - a wife, a couple of kids, pets. Emmett has a morning routine - he gets up, makes a cup of coffee, and lights a fire. The small and mundane are celebrated in this sweet, short novel.


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