The Anthologist

Human Smoke


A Box of Matches

Double Fold

The Everlasting Story of Nory

The Size of Thoughts

The Fermata


U and I

Room Temperature

The Mezzanine


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The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998)

This isn't my favorite Nicholson Baker book. In fact, I would have to admit that I really don't care much for this book. It has its moments but, by and large, it just doesn't do it for me. If Baker's name weren't on the cover I probably wouldn't have made it past the first 20 pages.

Opening Sentence:

Eleanor Winslow was a nine-year-old girl from America with straight brown bangs and brown eyes.

Book Jacket Copy:

Nicholson Baker, known for his exuberantly detailed comedies of ordinary life, now turns his attention to the inner landscape of a nine-year-old American girl, Eleanor Winslow, who is spending a semester at an English school. In this good-natured and very entertaining book, Nory reawakens our images of childhood and captivates us with sophisticated insights.  Her observations are hilarious as she tells herself stories, defends a classmate, has nightmares about cows, and generally does her best to make sense of life's particulars, noting it all down with innocence and candor.


According to Baker (quoted in the London Daily Telegraph, October 4, 1997):

"It's about a nine-year-old American girl -- one not unlike my own daughter -- who comes to England and spends a few months at a school in a cathedral town"

"Each book is the next book I was able to write or felt pressingly that I must write. With this new novel, I simply felt the need to capture the way a nine-year-old looks at the world. But I must admit that I was looking for something different to write about -- something not like The Fermata. I was sexed out after that book and felt that I couldn't even write the word 'sex' again."