cover image First Light

First Light

Charles Baxter. Penguin Books, $15 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-14-010091-4

``Baxter does a masterful job of combining form with function in his first novel,'' said PW of this story of an astrophysicist's awkward visit to the home of her car-salesman brother. ``This imaginatively conceived, evocative novel will hold the reader's attention from first to last.'' (October)