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Charles Baxter's new novel explores 'soul vampirism'

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Charles Baxter's new novel "The Soul Thief" examines what makes up a person's identity, and what happens when one individual tries to adopt someone else's persona.
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Minneapolis writer Charles Baxter describes his new novel "The Soul Thief" as being about "soul vampirism."

It's a bit like identity theft, only instead of stealing a person's bank account and social security number, a soul thief tries to actually become the other person.

Baxter, who was nominated for a National Book Award for his book "Feast of Love," told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr "The Soul Thief" grew out of something that happened to him many years ago.