An Author's Recollections of a Son In Cleveland

Charles Baxter, author of such acclaimed books as Harmony of the World and Saul and Patsy, calls himself a “midwestern writer in a postmodern age.” Last year, The Minneapolis native’s 2003 novel, Feast of Love, was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, and Greg Kinnear. The New York Times didn’t think much of the film, but they adored the novel, raving that Baxter’s characters are “rich, juicy, laugh-out-loud funny and completely engrossing.” In the past, Baxter’s written about the complexity of sibling relationships, the hardships of young love, and the imaginations of youth – but he’s never before examined his own family life. Until now, that is...
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