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A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker
Nicholson Baker (author of Vox and The Fermata) has a knack for writing novels that cover a small amount of time and explore the minutiae of life and relationships. In A Box of Matches, he tells the story of Emmett, a middle-aged man who finds life passing him by. Each morning, he lights a fire with a match and writes his thoughts in his journal. Emmett writes about his family and pets (including a duck that steals the show), and Nicholson Baker finds a way to make the smallest nuances of life a growth in Emmett's character and revelations about our own lives. When the box of matches is emptied, the novel is done. The Seattle Times says this book "goes down so easily, feels so warm and accessible."