Riven Rock

Riven Rock

by T. C. Boyle
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Riven Rock by T. C. Boyle

This extraordinary love story, based on historical characters and
written with Boyle's customary brilliance and wit, follows the lives of
two scarred creatures living in a magical age. It is the turn of the
century. Stanley McCormick, the twenty-nine-year-old heir to the great
Reaper fortune, meets and marries Katherine Dexter, a woman of 'power,
beauty, wealth and prestige'. Two years later, Stanley falls victim to a
tormenting sexual mania and schizophrenia, and is imprisoned in the
massive forbidding mansion known as Riven Rock. He spends the next two
decades under the control of a succession of psychiatrists, all of whom
forbid any contact with women. Yet Katherine Dexter, now famous as a
champion for women's suffrage and Planned Parenthood, remains strong in
her belief that someday her husband will return to her whole.

Based on a true story of love, madness and sexuality this is a tragic
book with enormous depth and scope. Set in America at the turn of the
century, it is full of fascinating historical detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408826799
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 560,209
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

T. Coraghessan Boyle was born in the suburbs of Manhattan. He has written six previous novels: Water Music, Budding Prospects, East is East, World's End for which he won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1988, Road to Welville, and The Tortilla Curtain. He is also the author of four collections of short stories, the latest of which is called Without A Hero. He now lives near Santa Barbara 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.


Santa Barbara California

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1948

Place of Birth:

Peekskill, New York


B.A. in music, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1970; Ph.D. in literature, Iowa University, 1977

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Riven Rock 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe the most important comment I can make about this book is that I couldn't put it down -- not in the sense that it's a simple page-turner, but in the sense that Boyle is a very gifted writer who really knows how to tell a story, and it's a fascinating story at that. My only complaints are that the excess that serves Boyle so well in his comic writing occasionally feels melodramatic or trite in this serious effort (though more often the prose is wonderful), the story gets repetitious at times and could have benefited from a little tightening, and an occasional scene strains credulity or seems contrived. But these are niggling points: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and was sorry when it ended. Boyle has accomplished no small feat here. Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My god, the opening paragraph alone makes this book impossible to put down: 'For 20 years, 20 long dull repetitive years that dripped by with the sleepy incessant murmur of water dripping from a gutter, Stanley McCormick never laid eyes on a woman. Not his mother, not his sisters, not his wife. No nurse or librarian, no girl in pigtails on her way to school, no spinster sweeping her porch or housewife haggling with the grocer, no slut, flapper or suffragette. It wasn't a matter of choice. Stanley loved his mother, his wife, his sisters, he loved other people's mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, but he loved them too much, loved them with an incendiary passion that was like hate. that was indistinguishable from hate, and it was that loving and hating that fomented all his troubles and thrust him headlong into a world without women.' This is a gripping read, and T.C. Boyle is one of the most surprising and stunning writers of our time. This book will stay with you long after you put it down. Don't be surprised if you have to tell everyone you know to read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a strange one. I couldn't help but think of Katherine Dunn as I was making my way through it. Although Boyle's theatrical restraint is much more developed than Ms. Dunn's. It's story of Stanley McCormick slowly going bananas isn't really all there is to it. He contrasts the themes of loyalty and infidelity, both taken to the extreme. I waited for a resolution or for a didactic ending, but it never came. I enjoyed this book.
daredog More than 1 year ago
OK kind of boring
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author was recommended and the choices of material this author writes about spark my interest, especially since I grew up in Santa Barbara however, I had a very difficult time getting into the book. While the subject matter is very interesting, I found the reading cumbersome and frankly boring. I tried several times to read this book, but ended up frustrated from the author's endless descriptions of every single detail. I wanted him to get to the point! I ended up reading about the characters in other books & on-line material and felt much more satisfied.