Having displayed equal finesse with both short and long fiction (especially the sublime novel, Feast of Love),
Charles Baxter here offers 23 allied stories detailing the lives of his
sober and good-intentioned but still somewhat afflicted Midwesterners,
crafting a sympathetic portrait of the region that's part Garrison
Keillor, part Sherwood Anderson, and part Alfred Hitchcock.
March 7: "Corporate America now desperately needs the powers associated with the poetic imagination not only to see its way through the present whirligig of change, but also, because poetry asks for accountability..."