The Sun Collective

Charles Baxter (Author)

Product Details

$27.95  $25.71
Pantheon Books
Publish Date
November 17, 2020
6.6 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

CHARLES BAXTER is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The Soul Thief, and The Sun Collective, and the story collections Believers, Gryphon, Harmony of the World, A Relative Stranger, There's Something I Want You to Do, and Through the Safety Net. His stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


What a spectacular book this is. A parable for our ominous times, it has revolution, murder, young love, magic, and marital squabbling in its pages--a novel of ideas in sly and modest Baxter form. Quite amazing.
--Joan Silber, author of Improvement

Only the supremely talented Charles Baxter could write a novel that combines blistering social critique with humor, mysticism, passion, and grief. The Sun Collective speaks directly to the unsettled time in which we live. The characters in this brilliant, beautiful, and deeply insightful book will live on in your imagination for years.
--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

"I've been reading, with intense and escalating admiration, Charles Baxter's novels and stories and essays for decades, but nothing quite prepared me for the radical brilliance of The Sun Collective.It's as if Sherwood Anderson finally made manifest what was always there: his inner Samuel Beckett. That very real despair is here but also transformed into something else, by book's end. The dialogue about Hitchcock's MacGuffin is my single favorite thing Baxter has ever written."
--David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

A strange and wonderful novel! It begins in comic realism, then becomes dream-like and spooky, mixing the mundane and the fantastic. Imagine an American Murakami, wildly inventive yet full of real emotions and recognizable human beings. This is Charles Baxter's best novel since The Feast of Love, with a subtle political bite that is original and timely.
--Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters

"Fans may be surprised at the dark tenor of his latest novel, but Baxter--poet, essayist, and National Book Award finalist for The Feast of Love--masterfully captures the zeitgeist of our country as we navigate multiple crises, some he could never have predicted. This is truly a compelling book for our times."--Library Journal (starred)

Fiction virtuoso Baxter's artistry and merciless insights are in full, intoxicating flower in this sinuous, dark, and dramatic tale . . . He has brilliantly choreographed a wholly unnerving plunge into alarming aberrations private and public, festering political catastrophe, and woefully warped love.--Booklist

The prose throughout is graceful, the writing perceptive, resonant, and deeply sympathetic . . . An exceptional work.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Engrossing . . . A thoughtful study of anger, grief, and hope.
--Publishers Weekly

"Absorbing . . . beautifully rendered . . . Baxter seems content not knowing all the answers, or maybe believing that motivations are no easier to fully comprehend than instances of everyday magic. His gift is to tune us into the beauty and the strangeness that walks among us, right here in river city."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"With his latest novel, The Sun Collective Mr. Baxter continues to chip away at the myth of the Midwest's innocence . . . Mr. Baxter points toward an inspiration for this duality by naming the Brettigans' pets after characters from Mikhail Bulgakov's hallucinatory classic "The Master and Margarita." But the likeness that occurred to me is with Kazuo Ishiguro's novels, where the underlying chaos is both concealed and somehow deepened by the inviting, mannerly prose."--Wall Street Journal