Munich Airport

A Novel
By Greg Baxter (Hardcover Book, 2015)
From the critically acclaimed author of The Apartment, a powerful, poetic, and haunting exploration of loss, love, and isolation--and the families we improvise when our real ones fall apart.

An American living in London receives a phone call from a German policewoman telling him that his sister, Miriam, has been found dead of starvation in her Berlin apartment. Three weeks later the man, his father, and an American Consular official named Trish find themselves in the bizarre surroundings of a fogbound Munich Airport, where Miriam's coffin is set to be loaded onto a commercial jet an returned to America.

Greg Baxter's astonishing novel tells the story of these three people over the course of several weeks, as they wait for Miriam's body to be released, sift through her possessions, and try to piece together the events that led to her awful death. An unflinching look at family, loneliness, desperation, and regret, MUNICH AIRPORT marks the establishment of an important literary voice in Greg Baxter.
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    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $25.00 US/$28.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455557950

    • On Sale Date: 01/27/2015

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Twelve

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book, Audiobook

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From the critically acclaimed author of The Apartment, a powerful, poetic, and haunting exploration of loss, love, and isolation--and the families we improvise when our real ones fall apart.

An American living in London receives a phone call from a German policewoman telling him that his sister, Miriam, has been found dead of starvation in her Berlin apartment. Three weeks later the man, his father, and an American Consular official named Trish find themselves in the bizarre surroundings of a fogbound Munich Airport, where Miriam's coffin is set to be loaded onto a commercial jet an returned to America.

Greg Baxter's astonishing novel tells the story of these three people over the course of several weeks, as they wait for Miriam's body to be released, sift through her possessions, and try to piece together the events that led to her awful death. An unflinching look at family, loneliness, desperation, and regret, MUNICH AIRPORT marks the establishment of an important literary voice in Greg Baxter.

Greg Baxter was born and raised in Texas. Over the last twenty years, he has lived variously in Ireland, England, Austria, Chicago, Louisiana, and Germany. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Apartment which Twelve published in 2012 and the memoir A Preparation for Death. He now lives in Berlin, where he writes and translates.
  • PRAISE FOR THE APARTMENT


    "This profound and perfectly paced novel worked such magic on me that by its final pages I felt simultaneously destroyed and revived."
    (Antoine Wilson, author of Panorama City).

  • "The novel shines most  in the telling-the slow, deliberate narrative unfolds like a quiet symphony, and Baxter's prose lingers inexplicably, like a beautifully sad song."  (Publisher's Weekly).

  • "Clever, entertaining, brave, it stretches the rules while following a man through one day of his life. I loved it." (Roddy Doyle).

  • "A formally and thematically ambitious debut novel... Following the lead of James Joyce, Don Delillo and others, the novel takes place over the course of a single day in the life of its protagonist as he makes his way across an unnamed European city in search of the titular apartment...A very smart novel."  (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)).

  • The Apartment is the kind of novel that expands one's sense of what a novel can and ought to be and do. It is brave, captivating, formally innovative in a way that never seems showy or false, and with a tone perfectly balanced between poetic-factual deadpan and astringent wit-this book is a triumph from beginning to end." (Michael Griffith, author of Spikes and Trophy).

  • "Exceptional--a book rich in ideas and poetry."  (Hisham Matar, Man Booker Prize finalist for Country of Men).

  • ACCLAIM FOR THE APARTMENT BY GREG BAXTER
    "Baxter has written a novel of subtle beauty and quiet grace; I found myself hanging on every simple word, as tense about the consequences of a man finding an apartment as if I were reading about a man defusing a bomb... It is one of the best novels I have read in a long time."  (Stacey D'Erasmo, New York Times Sunday Book Review).

  • "Absorbing, atmospheric and enigmatic... With its disorienting juxtaposition of the absolutely ordinary and the strange and vaguely threatening, the novel evokes the work of Franz Kafka and Haruki Murakami, while its oblique explorations of memory suggest a debt to W.G. Sebald... Baxter's provocative, unsettling novel is, among other things, about the inexorability of identity and 'the immortality of violence.'" (Los Angeles Times).

  • "It is precisely this sort of subversion, along with the author's shimmering prose, that makes THE APARTMENT such a surprisingly compelling read and so apropos; it captures the mood of the current moment and what seems to be a new "lost generation," one formed not so much by exposure to violence, as immunity to and alienation from it. Once upon a time, there was no place like home; in Mr. Baxter's world, home, it seems, is no place."  (Adam Langer, The New York Times).

  • "In this bleak but affecting novel, an unnamed American expat spends a day walking through a frigid, unidentified European city in search of an apartment...The details of his day are rendered with anaesthetized precision and achieve a cumulative force of grief, equanimity, and resolve." (The New Yorker).

  • "A true gem... Lucid, often hypnotic and, at times, even transporting. [Baxter] keeps his sentences short, his adjectives limited, his pacing leisurely. The paragraphs are long and there are no chapter breaks, yet his acute observation means this is no mere minimalist undertaking... The Iraq sections are astonishingly well done, and the man's history as a Naval officer feels almost exactly right to the former Naval officer who happens to be writing this review." (Los Angeles Review of Books).

  • "In a year marked by epics, it's a relief to delve into this quiet, surprisingly tense debut novel - small enough to fit into a stocking but packing a huge emotional punch." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "In just over 200 pages, The Apartment impressively and tactfully covers everything from the effects of American interventionism on its relationship with Europe to questions of personal identity." (Esquire).

  • "'I was born to hate the place I came from.' Greg Baxter's first novel THE APARTMENT is a short but powerful exploration of that sentiment, uttered halfway through the novel by its narrator, a 41-year-old American ex-Navy officer and Iraq War veteran." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "A beautiful meditation on brutality and culture, which are sometimes one and the same."  (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

  • "An elegant portrait of a man half-fractured, half-intact-a post-war somebody caught between repair and capitulation, controlling his own fate and imprisoned by regret." (The Texas Observer).

  • "In the layered narratives of Baxter's piercing first novel, a young American returned from Iraq struggles to find a new life in Europe." (New York Times, Sunday Book Review, Editor's Choice).

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Munich Airport
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $25.00 US/$28.00 CAN
  • Pages: 272
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455557950
  • On Sale Date: 01/27/2015
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