The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter

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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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About Charles Baxter

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Charles Baxter is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including Believers, The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), Saul and Patsy, and Through the Safety Net. He lives in Minneapolis.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nathaniel Mason is a grad student in Buffalo in 1973.

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The New York Times

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“He was insufferable, one of those boy geniuses, all nerve and brain.”

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The New York Times

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Sitting in his car on a damp, dreary night in Buffalo, on his way home from a grad-student party, Mason wonders what Stein would make of his evening: “For a long time being one being living he had been trying to be certain that he had known what he was doing standing and sitting where it was rain...

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Baxter's novel is an unusual comic work about a grad student whose life gets progressively stranger and stranger as he finds himself attracted to two women and discovers a fellow student is swiping bits and pieces of his life.

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After his father’s death, Nathaniel Mason leaves behind his grieving mother, mute sister and sorrow-filled Midwestern home.

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The sex Nathaniel has with Theresa and Jamie is hardly ecstatic -- it is a void, out of which Nathaniel emerges as if from a deep, black sleep.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Besides putting the make on a mutual love interest, Coolberg starts to appropriate Mason’s identity, telling stories pulled from his past and "borrowing" personal items so he can write a character based on Mason into his novel (as the devil, no less).

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