Book Reviews of First Light

First Light
First Light
Author: Charles Baxter
ISBN-13: 9780140100914
ISBN-10: 0140100911
Publication Date: 10/1/1988
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Very interesting book. It was refreshing to read a story that was written before internet and cell phones and still be able to really get a feel for the time and understanding of the characters. This story is about a brother (Hugh) and sister (Dorsey) and works it's way backwards from adulthood to Dorsey's birth. Wonderful story about two siblings and how they've lived their lives together and yet very apart. A story I will not soon forget. Highly recommended!!!!!!
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"In a novel of extraordinary resonance and power, Charles Baxter takes us backward through the lives of Hugh and Dorsey Welch, a brother and sister born and raised in a small Michigan town. We meet them as adults - Dorsey, an eminent astrophysicist, Hugh, a quiet, unassuming Buick salesman in their hometown - and discover their pasts: difficult marriages, dark and destructive love affairs, moments of triumph, of disappointment, of sheer joy.
As he traces their paths back to the day of Dorsey's birth, Baxter reveals the experiences that put such a distance between Hugh and Dorsey, and the ties of imperfect love that bind them together. And, as Peul Auster has written, 'gradually we begin to understand that Baxter is telling our own story, that this is how our own lives are formed within us.'"