Greasy Lake and Other Stories

Greasy Lake and Other Stories

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by T. C. Boyle
     
 

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Mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, The Washington Post Book World says these masterful stories mark T. Coraghessan Boyle's development from "a prodigy's audacity to something that packs even more of a wallop: mature artistry." They cover everything, from a terrifying encounter between a bunch of suburban adolescents and a murderous, drug-dealing

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Mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, The Washington Post Book World says these masterful stories mark T. Coraghessan Boyle's development from "a prodigy's audacity to something that packs even more of a wallop: mature artistry." They cover everything, from a terrifying encounter between a bunch of suburban adolescents and a murderous, drug-dealing biker, to a touching though doomed love affair between Eisenhower and Nina Khruschev.

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"Satirical fables of contemporary life, so funny and acutely observed that they might have been written by Evelyn Waugh as sketches for...'Saturday Night Live.' ...Indeed, the best of his stories not only make the reader see; they make the reader hear and smell and feel." —The New York Times
Michiko Kakutani
Mr. Boyle uses his seemingly limitless capacity for invention and a gift for nimble, hyperventilated prose to delineate his heightened vision of the world....Though the tales share the author's distinctly manic voice, a voice, pitched just this side of hysteria, they remain remarkably eclectic in form, disparate in subject matter - a testament to both Mr. Boyle's range as a storyteller and to the reach of his ambition....Many of Mr. Boyle's stories share a brooding, Pinteresque atmosphere of menace: violence and blood percolate throughout this collection, often surfacing in especially gruesome images...What saves the darkest tales from becoming morbidly grotesque is Mr. Boyle's infectious, farcical humor....Indeed, the best of his stories not only make the reader see; they also make the reader hear and smell and feel. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140077810
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
799,480
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Barbara California
Date of Birth:
December 2, 1948
Place of Birth:
Peekskill, New York
Education:
B.A. in music, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1970; Ph.D. in literature, Iowa University, 1977
Website:
http://www.tcboyle.com/

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Greasy Lake and Other Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blossomfall, please don't let her die! I was beginning to like her just like Honeyfern then she dies!!!!!!! -Jaysoar