Booknotes from Our Staff

Gryphon: New and Selected Stories by Charles Baxter (Pantheon)

For fans of Charles Baxter, this collection of new and previously published short stories embodies all that we’ve come to expect from Baxter: lovely writing, sharp dialogue, themes of isolation, Midwestern locales, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. The beauty of short stories is that you can savor them over time, like a literary dessert before bed each night. My favorites in this collection? The title story and “Horace and Margaret’s Fifty-second,” although each and every story flows and resonates with Baxter’s amazing talent. -Hilary