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Planes by Peter C Baker
May 31, 2022 | ISBN 9780593320273

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“How do you come home from an atrocity? Peter C. Baker’s absorbing, closely observed novel follows two couples, an ocean apart—one wounded by a war crime, the other just starting to reckon with being implicated in it—as they try to find a way to live in the aftermath. Baker’s offbeat, suggestive strategy is to let the stories intertwine, so that subtle resonances emerge: variations on the themes of patience, misdirection, forgiveness, and exasperation that play in every marriage. Planes is an insightful book about the slow, zigzag work of healing that nonetheless moves at the speed of a thriller.”
—Caleb Crain, author of Necessary Errors

“Peter Baker is that rare confident novelist with the most delicate touch. With his twin dramas unfolding on separate planes in Rome and in North Carolina, he shows us that the invisible network connecting everyone can be just as much impersonal actions taken by Washington as intimate domestic secrets that go unshared. Baker has the eye of a seasoned journalist and the ear of a poet; I can’t wait to be absorbed in whatever he writes next.”
—Sandi Tan, author of Lurkers and director of Shirkers

“The effects of secrets, both personal and political, are on full display in Peter C. Baker’s brilliant novel about America’s recent history. With great subtlety, this novel quietly shows us what it’s like to perform actions that cannot be acknowledged and what the psychic price is for such secrecy. With its fascinating cast of characters, this book is wonderfully readable, and I found its central conflicts to be completely relevant to our time, and unforgettable.”
Charles Baxter, author of The Sun Collective

“This novel stunned me with its gravity and its wisdom, its sense of life’s turbulence and mystery. Baker is an absolutely brilliant writer—in league with Ferrante and DeLillo—with a deep understanding of the interwoven, interconnected web that holds the entire world in its grasp. He also has a novelist’s eye for the moment at hand, how it spreads and fills with love and stops time. I was reminded again that all our great novels are about human decisions. In this book, stretching from Rome to the suburban meeting rooms of a North Carolina school board, an almost unbearable suspense is generated by incredibly good and incredibly bad decisions. In Baker’s hands, an endlessly interesting, somewhat treacherous truth emerges; we are implicated in each other’s lives, and all drink from the same rich and complex well.”
—Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and other Stories

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