Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Sunday May 28, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Charles Baxter

 

continued

The new character in this book is an uneducated and uninterested high school student named Gordy Himmelman. Gordy is a blank, his emotions so deeply hidden as to be almost nonexistent. He is fascinated by Saul and Patsy, by their articulate difference, by their obvious affection for each other. They often find him standing in their front yard simply staring at the sky. After his spectacular death — for which Saul and Patsy feel responsible — he becomes the ghost who haunts the book. A genuinely ghoulish small-town cult grows up around the young man who had been friendless in life, and rumors of his ghostly appearances spread all through Five Oaks. That Baxter is able to invest all of this with his own kind of midwestern magic, yet can often fool even very good readers into thinking he writes a kind of realistic fiction, might be seen as the true measure of his talent.

Charles Baxter reads from Saul and Patsy on Friday, October 3.    (end of article)

[Originally published in October, 2003.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

A Big Vacancy
Opportunity at Briarwood and other marketplace closings
Sally Mitani
Parking And Transportation in Chelsea
Going Blue
Painting the "777" building
Patrick Dunn
A Dean Departs
Aaron Dworkin cuts short his tenure at SMTD
Eve Silberman
Police Today, Gone Tomorrow
"Almost half the department can leave in the next five years."
James Leonard
Choir! Choir! Choir!
"A live concert and a social experiment"
James M. Manheim
Classes, Seminars, and Workshops
Brew & Chew
A wine store reinvented at Plymouth Mall
Patti Smith
Neighborhoods - Angell
Nightspots: Tap Room
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017
Victors for art at the university of Michigan Museum of art
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017