Search Results: "T.C. Boyle"


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

"A morality play too obvious to be swallowed whole: Boyle's first real lemon so far. (First printing of 100,000; First serial to Los Angeles Times Magazine; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
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. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2015 by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Confrontational and at times confounding, these are stories to get lost in, then gratefully chart a path homeward."
These stories thrive on discomfort, so much so that each small kindness registers as a minor miracle. Read full book review >

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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 >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"Boyle is of course too young for a summing-up, but this seems as good a time as any for a mid-career display of the antic wares of our most versatile and prolific radical comedian."
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 >

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

"Vintage Boyle: a freakishly inventive black comedy, populated with irresistible eccentrics, that leaves a bracing and bitter aftertaste."
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. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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

"Irony is not enough. (Author tour)"
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. Read full book review >

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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 >