Author(s): T. C. Boyle
A dynamic new collection from one of our most original storytellers: satirical, surreal and very much of the moment. In these stories, T. C. Boyle focuses hisunerring eye on humanity's relationship with nature, and the unintended consequences of our efforts to control it. The prize-winning `Are We Not Men?' reflects on the impact of new gene-editing technologies while `The Relive Box' parodies our obsession with electronic games. In `She's the Bomb', a young woman waits on her graduation day, heart in mouth, for an explosive event. A burrito-seller has a killer business idea in `The Five-Pound Burrito', but learns that success comes at a price. An Italian couple moves south for a fresh start in `The Argentine Ant', but finds that paradise holds a nasty sting. And in the chilling `The Designee', a lonely widower can't believe his luck when he receives a mysterious letter from England. In electric prose T. C. Boyle explores myriad facets of society: greed and excess, parenthood and responsibility, the digital world and the way we understand our mortality. Roaming unrestrainedly through the present and near future, he inhabits his characters' minds with a ventriloquist's flair, skewering human motivations and revealing us to ourselves with empathy and wry humour.
An exuberant new collection from the master storyteller - comic, surreal, satirical and razor-sharp
Some of the best, funniest, bleakest, most unsettling short stories I've ever read * The Times * Always enjoyable, virtually incapable of dullness or slack sentences ... His stories reveal truths about modern life while still feeling beautifully invented * New York Times * By far and away one of the most inventive, adventurous and accomplished fiction writers in the US today ... Most of all, he is a mesmerising storyteller -- Lionel Shriver Boyle is such a good storyteller it will probably take, as in Alice Munro's case, the Nobel Prize or retirement for us to fully appreciate what tremendous talent has laid right in front of our noses -- John Freeman * Boston Globe * Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges -- Barbara Kingsolver The master of edgy short fiction * Evening Standard * A writer of palpable intelligence * LA Times * A virtuoso craftsman -- Annie Proulx Boyle puts his prose to poignantly effective use ... Admirable -- Philip Womack * Daily Telegraph * A sort of Frank Zappa of American letters ... Boyle is incapable of writing a boring sentence * Financial Times * His twenty-six works of fiction ... combine the zany humour of early Woody Allen with An Inconvenient Truth's concern for our collective fate * Independent *
T. C. Boyle is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels including The Tortilla Curtain, Drop City, San Miguel and The Terranauts, and ten collections of stories, most recently T. C. Boyle Stories II. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and has won both the PEN/Malamud and Rea Awards in recognition of his short fiction. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in California. tcboyle.com