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.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…