Books by T.C. Boyle

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of seventeen books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), and Tooth and Claw (2005). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature


FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A fine and welcome summation—till the next volume—by one of the best storytellers at work today."
Picking up where he left off with his first volume of collected stories in 1998, Boyle (San Miguel, 2012, etc.) serves up an overstuffed gathering of goofy premises and serious turns. Read full book review >
SAN MIGUEL by T.C. Boyle
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"What may seem to some like paradise offers no happy endings in this fine novel."
The prolific author's latest is historical, not only in period and subject matter, but in tone and ponderous theme. Read full book review >
WHEN THE KILLING'S DONE by T.C. Boyle
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Narrative propulsion is laced with delicious irony in this winning novel."
A provocative premise delivers considerable literary dividends. Read full book review >
WILD CHILD by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"With each book Boyle becomes a more adventurous and interesting writer."
The usual darkly comic cautionary tales, but also some bracingly and impressively new works from the prolific author (The Women, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WOMEN by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

When the artist formerly known as T. Coraghessan Boyle burst onto the national literary scene some 30 years ago, readers knew immediately that an immensely smart, versatile and entertaining new writer was staking his claim to some of the territory held by such reader-friendly wizards of narrative and rhetoric as Kurt Vonnegut and Donald Barthelme.

To put it another way, Susan Sontag's sonorous declamations about the cultural legitimacy of "camp" found a lively correlative in the stories of Boyle's first collection Descent of Man (1979)—six more have followed. Read full book review >

TALK TALK by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2006

"By the riveting climax, characters and readers alike recognize that the very concept of a fixed, static identity is a delusion."
On the surface, this novel of identity theft delivers page-turning suspense, but it also delves deeper into the essence of identity. Read full book review >
THE HUMAN FLY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Acclaimed writer Boyle presents 12 of his previously published short stories, plus one new story, in this collection intended for teens. Read full book review >

TOOTH AND CLAW by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2005

"Vintage Boyle, and not to be missed."
Darker tones and an impressive range of subjects dominate this impressive collection of 14 vivid stories, the seventh from one of our most versatile and prolific writers. Read full book review >
THE INNER CIRCLE by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2004

"A great subject imperfectly tamed and controlled. Well worth reading, but not Boyle's best. "
The career of sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, as seen in Boyle's rangy, entertaining tenth novel—which bears a strong resemblance to his 1993 blockbuster, The Road to Wellville. Read full book review >
DROP CITY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Probably the fullest picture of the hippie culture of the late '60s since Marge Piercy's early fiction, and one of Boyle's best."
Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >
AFTER THE PLAGUE by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"A bit darker and harsher, perhaps, than earlier collections, but on the whole pretty much the same kind of thing this writer has been cranking out since the late '70s. If you like Boyle, you won't be able to resist."
Aging, estrangement, generational conflict, sexual rivalry, irrational violence—oh, and the destruction of the world as we know it: these are the recurring themes explored with mordant comic finesse in 16 exuberantly in-your-face stories. Read full book review >
A FRIEND OF THE EARTH by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"The comedy and color are muted, though still unmistakably present, in a daring story that blends the contrasting extremes of Boyle's energetic sensibility in a way that bodes well for his always interesting and highly readable fiction."
Boyle's eighth novel reenters the risky territory of social concern and criticism that has proved a trap for his least characteristic, and weakest, fiction (East is East, 1990; The Tortilla Curtain, 1995). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

A fine, fat gathering of 68 stories, including the contents of Boyle's four collections (Without a Hero, 1994, etc.), four more, uncollected, tales, and three previously unpublished. Read full book review >

RIVEN ROCK by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Division and separation are the dominant themes of Boyle's dark-hued and deftly plotted seventh novel, which bears strong incidental resemblances to his earlier World's End (1987) and The Road to Wellville (1993), though it displays a richer Dickensian brio throughout. The title denotes a California mansion built on the spot where a growing acorn had split open a boulder, thence attaining full maturity. Read full book review >

THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by T.C. Boyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

The inestimably gifted Boyle (The Road to Wellville, 1993, etc.) puts on a preacher's gown and mounts the pulpit to proclaim a hellfire sermon against bigotry and greedin this rather wan updating of The Grapes of Wrath. If Boyle is to be believed, Los Angeles County has gradually evolved into a kind of minimum-security prison, with the prosperous Anglos living in fear of their lives behind the walls of their suburban security compounds. Read full book review >

WITHOUT A HERO by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

Boyle's fourth story collection follows his highly successful novel, The Road to Wellville (1993), which will be released this summer or fall as a movie starring Anthony Hopkins. Each of these 15 stories is sharply done, brightly worded, and edged with black humor. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE by T.C. Boyle
Released: May 1, 1993

In his fifth novel (East is East, 1990, etc.), one of America's most exuberant satirists takes on the national obsession with health and nutritional fads. Read full book review >

IF THE RIVER WAS WHISKEY by T.C. Boyle
Released: March 24, 1989

From the winner of the 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award (for World's End) comes this third collection of stories, most of which are as slick as the magazines in which they first appeared (Playboy, Harper's, GQ, etc.). Read full book review >