A new novel by bestselling author Nicholson Baker reintroduces feckless but hopeful hero Paul Chowder, whose struggle to get his life together is reflected in his steadfast desire to write a pop song, or a protest song, or both at once.
"Starred Review. In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he's one of the masters of the contemporary novel." - Kirkus
"Baker's endearingly comedic, covertly philosophical love story, spiked with intriguing - even alarming - little-known facts, mischievously celebrates song and silence, steadfastness and loving-kindness." - Booklist
"Paul Chowder, the rambling protagonist of The Anthologist, returns in Baker's less successful latest." - Publishers Weekly
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I've written thirteen books, plus an art book that I published with my wife, Margaret Brentano. The most recent one is a comic sex novel called House of Holes, which came out in August 2011. Before that, in 2009, there was The Anthologist, about a poet trying to write an introduction to an anthology of rhyming verse, and before that was Human Smoke, a book of nonfiction about the beginning of World War II. My first novel, The Mezzanine, about a man riding an escalator at the end of his lunch hour, came out in 1988. I'm a pacifist. Occasionally I write for magazines. I grew up in Rochester, New York and went to Haverford College, where I majored in English. I live in Maine with my family.
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