In this book, Baxter offers several sharp, articulate, and provocative essays that examine the many forces currently shaping contemporary American fiction. As noted in The Washington Times: "What elevates this collection from the status of technical manual (which it also is, and a brilliant one at that) is Mr. Baxter's rare ability to gauge the capacities of fiction for conveying an image not only of individual existence, but of the characteristic feel of a time, a culture, a way of life."
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Used availability for Charles Baxter's Burning Down the House
March 1997 : USA Hardback
September 2008 : USA Paperback
November 1997 : USA Paperback
July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition