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T.C. Boyle Stories II: The Collected Stories of T. Coraghessan Boyle

Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Format
Book
Published
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
Language
English
Uniform Title
Short Stories
Variant Title
TC Boyle stories 2
TC Boyle stories
ISBN
9780143125860, 0143125869
Summary
A second volume of short fiction featuring fourteen uncollected stories from the bestselling author and master of the form Few authors write with such sheer love of story and language as T.C. Boyle, and that is nowhere more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and always entertaining short stories. In 1998, T.C. Boyle Stories brought together the author's first four collections to critical acclaim. Now, T.C. Boyle Stories II gathers the work from his three most recent collections along with fourteen new tales previously unpublished in book form as well as a preface in which Boyle looks back on his career as a writer of stories and the art of making them. By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, Boyle's stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The fifty-eight stories in this new volume, written over the last eighteen years, reflect his maturing themes. Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character-driven tales of quiet power and passion. Others capture timeless themes, from first love and its consequences to confrontations with mortality, or explore the conflict between civilization and wildness. The new stories find Boyle engagingly testing his characters' emotional and physical endurance, whether it's a group of giants being bred as weapons of war in a fictional Latin American country, a Russian woman who ignores dire warnings in returning to her radiation-contaminated home, a hermetic writer who gets more than a break in his routine when he travels to receive a minor award, or a man in a California mountain town who goes a little too far in his concern for a widow. Mordant wit, emotional power, exquisite prose: it is all here in abundance. T.C. Boyle Stories II is a grand career statement from a writer whose imagination knows no bounds.
Contents
  • I. After the plague. Termination dust
  • She wasn't soft
  • Killing babies
  • Captured by the Indians --Achates McNeil
  • The love of my life
  • Rust
  • Peep hall
  • Going down
  • Friendly skies
  • The black and white sisters
  • Death of the cool
  • My widow
  • The underground gardens
  • After the plague
  • II. Tooth and claw. When I woke up this morning, everything I had was gone
  • Swept away
  • Dogology
  • The kind assassin
  • The swift passage of the animals
  • Jubilation
  • Rastrow's island
  • Chicxulub
  • Here comes
  • All the wrecks I've crawled out of
  • Blinded by the light
  • Tooth and claw
  • Almost shooting an elephant
  • The doubtfulness of water: Madam Knight's journey to New York, 1702
  • Up against the wall
  • III. Wild child. Balto
  • La Conchita
  • Question 62
  • Sin dolor
  • Bulletproof
  • Hands on
  • The lie
  • The unlucky mother of Aquiles Maldonado
  • Admiral
  • Ash Monday
  • Thirteen hundred rats
  • Anacapa
  • Three quarters of the way to hell
  • Wild child
  • IV. A death in Kitchawank. My pain is worse than your pain
  • The silence
  • A death in Kitchawank
  • What separates us from the animals
  • Good home
  • In the zone
  • Los gigantes
  • The way you look tonight
  • The night of the satellite
  • Slate mountain
  • Sic transit
  • Burning bright
  • The Marlbane Manchester Musser Award
  • Birnam Wood.
Description
xxi, 918 pages ; 23 cm
Technical Details
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