Talk Talk

Talk Talk

by T. C. Boyle
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Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle

Over the past twenty-five years, T.C. Boyle has earned wide acclaim and an enthusiastic following with such adventurous, inimitable novels as The Tortilla Curtain, Drop City, and The Road to Wellville. For his riveting eleventh novel, Boyle offers readers the closest thing to a thriller he has ever written, a tightly scripted page turner about the trials of Dana Halter, a thirty-three-year-old deaf woman whose identity has been stolen. Featuring a woman in the lead role (a Boyle first), Talk Talk is both a suspenseful chase across America and a moving story about language, love, and identity from one of America's most versatile and entertaining novelists.

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ISBN-13: 9780670037704
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 07/06/2006
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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Talk Talk 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
jay_havill More than 1 year ago
Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
Jayln Havill

We Are Our Own Bosses

One book I would definitely recommend reading would be T.C. Boyle's Talk Talk. This suspenseful piece of writing about stolen identities and a handicapped traveling the countryside to get her identity back puts us into the mind of an identity thief and their victim. T.C. Boyle's writing style in Talk Talk brings a lot of good things to the table. The way he puts two character's stories in one novel, and the way he intertwines them to make this enthralling book is one very unique way of writing. It's interesting how he is able to bring all of our emotions and thoughts inside of the writing and make us experience their pain and anger.

We first meet our main character, Dana Halter, a deaf teacher whose only way of surviving and income is teaching at a deaf school, is pulled over for running a stop sign. She thinks she's just going to be later than she was before for her appointment, but it all turns around in a time period of ten minutes, and finds herself being assisted into the backseat of a cop car and later losing all she has, including her job. She realizes that her identity has been stolen and her life will change for the worst due to this crime, unless she does something about it herself. T.C. Boyle doesn't bother with character introductions; he lets the character's actions do the talking, and lets the main problem of the book be introduced within the first few pages.

T.C. Boyle goes on with the rest of the book, telling about Dana and her computer animation specialist boyfriend, Bridger Martin, goes looking for the person who had stolen her identity. He also tells the story and life of the man who had stolen her identity, "Peck". He had gone through quite a bit of trouble to drive him toward committing the crime of stealing someone's identity. He was a failed restaurant owner and got into a little trouble for trying to vent some anger on his ex-wife's new husband. We learn both stories, and then T.C. Boyle does very interesting writing by combining both characters, Dana and "Peck's", present actions of "Peck" trying to escape from Dana and Dana and Bridger trying to catch "Peck".

When we read the book, we experience how hard it would be to have our identity stolen. I'm sure we would probably have an idea, but imagine that terrible thing happening to a handicapped person, a deaf person for example in this book. Dana Halter has always been strong about her difference from her peers; she always knew that she would be. But, when it comes to the misunderstanding of having her identity stolen, the government doesn't want to help her and she feels more ignored than before. Having this happen brings self-consciousness about her deafness, and is more worried and aware of what people may think of her due to her disability, and almost blames her disability for her identity being stolen. But she hangs on; she keeps fighting for her right to her own identity.
T.C. Boyle's theme he gets across in this novel can apply to all people, not just those who are handicapped. We learn that you have to fend for yourself in the end. No matter what your differences may be from others, or if you get babied all the time, you have to be able to be confident in yourself and be your own boss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. The premise is totally new, the plot is fantastic and the writing is crisp and fast paced. You cannot put it down. It has fast become one of my favorite books to share with friends!
Midella_Langford More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. To this day I can't remember how I came across this book but I'm glad I did. The characters were very well developed, there was a clear plot and a wonderfully designed villain. I couldn't put the book down until the end. Some people (and by some people I mean my boyfriend) didn't like the ending but it was semisweet and perfect for the tone of Talk Talk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can you not love this book. A timely matter 'theft identity' and a love story. I thought Bridger loved Dana more than she loved him. He went to great lengths to stand by her, and it seemed to be her way or no way. TC Boyle has magic with his charaters, I feel like I know them, even slimy 'Peck' and Natalia. I could not put this book down. What happened at the end, well you can make it up in your own head. Bravo TC
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of listening to TC Boyle read the first chapter of Talk Talk at the Barnes and Noble in Lincoln Center on July 10th, and it is the day after my day of reading Talk Talk... Now that I have slept on it I still marvel at TC Boyle's imagination that often seems unlike any others and the carefully orchestrated (even if grown organically) design of each of his creations. His imagination literally pieces together bits of data and observations after pondering a topic. TC Boyle shared with event goers how he 'worries about everything all the time,' and it appears that he might just worry about all kinds of people in all kinds of conditions impaired, sociopathic, aliens, split family members, hard working people who get ripped off... the list seems endless as evidenced in his empathy towards all the characters in Talk Talk. I was drawn to Bridger because he fell for Dana without realizing she was deaf and remained faithfully by her side throughout this tale. This character for me stays true to his name, bridging two worlds with a solid foundation. Similar to a junior high kid, Peck is hellbent on trying on everyone else's identity, in effect stealing the most precious thing we all have...ourselves. In my mind Dana is not the main character, but a supporting cast member to the meat of the story...our senses and how they define who we are at times. communication, whether it be oral, or body language subjective not always with our ears Seeing...with our eyes and our minds Touch...a brush up against someone can communicate (Talk Talk) volumes
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Bookworm818TS More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for school, and I'm not a fan. It's very depressing and frustrating.
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Are u shaved ?
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Im bck too i passed out cold last night >.< Sorry