As a graduate student in upstate New York, Nathaniel Mason is drawn into a tangle of relationships with people who seem to hover just beyond his grasp. There's Theresa, alluring but elusive, and Jamie, who is fickle if not wholly unavailable. But Jerome Coolberg is the most mysterious and compelling. Not only cryptic about himself, he seems also to have appropriated parts of Nathaniel's past that Nathaniel cannot remember having told him about. In this extraordinary novel of mischief and menace, we see a young man's very self vanishing before his eyes.
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by Joseph O'Neill
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by Charles Baxter
"Jefferson Mays brings a sly hyperawareness to this novel, which is interested in the elusive matter of identity. Though his delivery is carefully modulated, Mays is alive to both the comic and sinister elements that run parallel through Baxter's entire work. The protagonist, a graduate student in Buffalo, possibly named Nathanial Mason, falls into several odd relationships that push him to the edge of sanity. As Baxter intends, listeners are never sure where they, or Mason, stand in terms of reality. Mays's ironic detachment keeps listeners riveted to the story, if increasingly uncomfortable as well, right up to the final, lacerating revelation. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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