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From the critically acclaimed author of The Apartment comes a powerful, poetic, and haunting exploration of loss, love, 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 and 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterwork of minimalism.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Munich Airport is a brilliant achievement.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Munich Airport confirms [Baxter] as a writer of courage and lucidity. His fluent and assured prose owes some debt to the Austro-Hungarian Franz Kafka and the Austrian Thomas Bernhard…Baxter is high literature.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s a testament to Baxter’s skills that so plotless a novel manages to retain such pace and poise…There’s something mesmerizing about the prose.”

    Observer (London)

  • “This rich and profound book is full of philosophical ideas and stark, ascetic beauty…I wholeheartedly recommend Munich Airport to everyone interested in the ongoing and fascinating human conversation that is first-rate fiction.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “So much more bracing and consequential than the bulk of contemporary fiction.”

    Irish Times

  • “Quiet but mesmeric…It is a novel that, without a trace of sentimentality, is about the importance of family, and conversely how the existential loneliness of each of the characters has impoverished their lives.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Assured and fluent…a forensic examination of what it means today to be a man, and to be human.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Powerful and poignant…The novel’s tone, together with Baxter’s limpid prose and his narrator’s clear-eyed confessions, keep us riveted until the bittersweet climax, when the fog finally lifts and each broken character can take to the sky.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Stunning… Few novels so urgently and demandingly make themselves feel as necessary as Munich Airport.”

    Tweed’s magazine

  • The developing themes range from family and life’s meanings to the role of memory and the passage of time, all illuminated by some of the best writing appearing in fiction today.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Narrator Kevin Stillwell captures the melancholy tone of the story in a deep baritone. This is a tale of loss and secrets, as well as the confusion of loved ones left behind after the untimely passing of a family member. Stillwell’s narration evokes a feeling of deep empathy with the protagonist.”

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