Variety. There are 23 stories in a new collection by Charles Baxter, one of which shares the title, Gryphon. The sheer variety and diversity in these stories is commendable, and they share one thing in common: very fine writing. The short story form trips up many writers and can disappoint readers, but Baxter delivers fine writing and engaging, complete narratives in each of these stories. I budgeted myself to reading a single story a day, so I could appreciate and savor each one individually. Ordinary lives and events come alive and present insight to readers, thanks to Baxter’s skills.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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