Penguin Book

A Preparation for Death

Greg Baxter

In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place. He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most: writing. Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing - and his life changed utterly.
A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place - an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling. Studded with vivid, loving portraits of the people closest to him, it is above all a stunningly vivid and searching self-portrait: possibly the most honest book you'll ever read.

Greg Baxter was born in Texas in 1974 and holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University.

'This is an occasionally infuriating and completely wonderful book. I read it in one sitting, unsettled and delighted by its ferocity.' - Anne Enright
'Writing is a preparation for death, and Greg Baxter's book is a remarkably vivid and admirably unvarnished confrontation with that irreducible fact. He'a a gifted storyteller; A Preparation for Death is never less than compelling.' David Shields, author of Reality Hunger

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  • Biography and Memoir
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234 x 153mm
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