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

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

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A man falls from a roof whilst spying on his beautiful widowed neighbour. A newly married couple seeking enlightenment take a three year vow of silence and move to a yurt in the Arizona desert. A handsome young man works in real-estate by day, but has a far more sinister profession by night. An elderly woman is determined to return to her home in the countryside,…  See more details below

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A man falls from a roof whilst spying on his beautiful widowed neighbour. A newly married couple seeking enlightenment take a three year vow of silence and move to a yurt in the Arizona desert. A handsome young man works in real-estate by day, but has a far more sinister profession by night. An elderly woman is determined to return to her home in the countryside, despite the knowledge that in doing so she may be signing her own death warrant. Giant men are kept in cages to ensure their nightly service to their country. A man develops an unhealthy interest in his recently deceased reclusive rock-star neighbour. And on Christmas day at the San Francisco Zoo a terrible and tragic event occurs...

T.C. Boyle Stories II comprises three later volumes of short fiction - After the Plague, Tooth and Claw and Wild Child - along with a new collection, A Death in Kitchawank. These fifty-eight stories explore the mundane, the devastating, the figurative and the implausible in a masterful and enthralling collection. T.C. Boyle is a writer at the height of his craft.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
This second volume of Boyle's short stories (after Volume 1, 1998) represents his work from the late 1990s to the present and incorporates three story collections—After the Plague (2001), Tooth and Claw (2005), and Wild Child (2010)—and new work not yet published in book form. This is a monumental amount of writing, with the present 900-plus-page volume including 58 stories from the author of 14 highly acclaimed novels. In this case, quantity and quality coexist in good measure, as Boyle's stories are among the best and most memorable of the past three decades. Here, as in Boyle's earlier work, the pieces range from modern-day tall tales such as "Swept Away," which tells of a short-lived romance between an itinerant ornithologist and a shy native from "the northernmost tip of the Isle of Unst" to "torn-from-the-headlines" character-driven pieces featuring, for example, an abortion doctor under siege, a promising young college student in denial about her own pregnancy, and a newly homeless man in his first days of living rough in a Southern California beach town. VERDICT Boyle is a devoted practitioner of the short story with a formidable body of work. This rich title will be of great interest to readers both new and old.—Sue Russell, Bryn Mawr, PA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-01
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. Boyle turns Raymond Carver on its side with his relentless insistence that ordinary life is populated by people of glorious weirdness and is, for the most part, far from dreary. The sentiment may be a 1960s holdover, for, in a sharp introduction that (unlike a few stories) goes on too short, he observes that when he started out, he was "a hippie's hippie, so blissed-out and outrageously accoutered that people would stop me on the street and ask if I could sell them acid." Some of these stories have an oddly psychotropic effect, and perhaps origin: Who else would dream up a story about a lovelorn immigrant who digs underground labyrinths on the California frontier? Boyle notes that as he gets that much closer to the void, "the long dark road that inescapably ends in an even darker place," he tends to more nonwhimsical turns, but he still engages full-tilt in explorations of the unbeaten path, arguing against the bulk of his fellow professors, "I say write what you don't know and find something out." Amen. Boyle doesn't usually write short, and some of his stories threaten to deflate before he's quite done with them, but most are gems, marked by beautiful language ("Whiteness loomed, the pale ethereality of nothingness, and blackness too, the black of a dreamless sleep"), nicely imagined moments (a young man reads Crime and Punishment and, just in time to be deterred from existential crime, goes on a picnic), and occasionally dashed dreams--yes, à la Carver--as when a once-famed ballplayer returns to Venezuela in disgrace and has to sell his beloved Hummer, "replacing it with a used van of unknown provenance and a color indistinguishable from the dirt of the streets." A fine and welcome summation--till the next volume--by one of the best storytellers at work today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101638101
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
944
Sales rank:
807,402
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for T.C. Boyle Stories II

“Boyle’s stories reveal truths about modern life while still feeling beautifully invented…he conceives all kinds of vivid situations and confidently inhabits men and women across a range of ages and ethnicities…he is always enjoyable, virtually incapable of dullness or slack sentences.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Boyle’s stories mix brilliance with high-concept pyrotechnics, meditations with whiz-bangery…he holds nothing back in Stories II…it’s an edifice intended to define a legacy.”The Los Angeles Times

“The first volume of this abidingly exiting writer’s collected short fiction drew refreshed interest in and admiration for his incontestable mastery of the short form.  The second volume, containing 58 stories written since the previous volume appeared, is poised to garner equal enthusiasm…the volume itself poses the question, Can every story by one author be a masterpiece? Boyle’s brilliant book submits itself as evidence for that possibility.”Booklist, starred review
 
 “A fine and welcome summation – till the next volume – by one of the best storytellers at work today…most are gems, marked by beautiful language, nicely imagined moments, and occasionally dashed dreams.” Kirkus, starred review

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Meet the Author

T.C. Boyle is the New York Times bestselling author of nine collections of stories and fourteen novels, most recently San Miguel. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and won a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in California.
T. C. Boyle is the New York Times bestselling author of ten collections of stories and fourteen novels, most recently, San Miguel, followed by the second volume of his collected stories, T. C. Boyle Stories II. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and won a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in California.

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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