February 20, 2011 |
When the Killing's Done A Novel T.C. Boyle Viking: 384 pp., $26.95 Mudslides, earthquakes, floods, fires ? nothing quite gets T.C. Boyle's juices going like a natural disaster putting his characters through the wringer. His new novel, "When the Killing's Done," opens with an action set piece that is unusually fraught and tense even by the author's nearly apocalyptic standard. It's 1946, and Tilden Matthew Boyd (better known as Till), his brother Warren and Till's wife, Beverly, take a boat from Santa Monica and cruise to Anacapa, one of the Channel Islands off Oxnard and Santa Barbara.
September 16, 2012 |
San Miguel A Novel T.C. Boyle Viking: 367 pp., $27.95 T.C. Boyle's new novel, "San Miguel," is written to the natural rhythms of a distant, isolated place, and to the human rhythms of tormented souls. San Miguel Island is a real place, the westernmost of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In Boyle's book, it's a patch of earth beyond the end of the western frontier, a place where the mythical western ethos makes its last stand. "Terra incognita," one of his characters calls it. "Terra insolita … the last scrap of land the continent had to offer, an island tossed out in the ocean like an afterthought.
January 31, 2010 |
Wild Child And Other Stories T. C. Boyle Viking: 320 pp., $25.95 In "Thirteen Hundred Rats," one of the 14 stories in the latest collection from the seemingly inexhaustible T.C. Boyle, a recent widower finds himself the owner of a python. He's allergic to cats and dogs, those more cuddly and condoned companions of the grief-stricken. But then something really unexpected happens. The white rat he's purchased for his new pet's sustenance proves unusually adept at eluding its fangs.
March 3, 2011
The Channel Islands, at once close to the California mainland but isolated enough to be home to 145 unique plant and animal species, are an appropriately equivocal backdrop for a showdown between a habitat-preserving biologist and a fervent animal-rights activist in T.C. Boyle 's new novel, "When the Killing's Done," which raises questions about man's relationship to nature and reminds us that there are no easy answers. Boyle will read from the book and take questions from the audience.
April 8, 2014 |
T.C. Boyle will publish two upcoming novels with Ecco, the publisher announced. As NPR noted , Boyle has been at Viking for three decades. Ecco's president and publisher, Dan Halpern, said in a statement Monday that “[f]or forty years now I've admired Tom's work -- and early on published him in my magazine, Antaeus -- so it's with real excitement that I welcome him to Ecco, where we can't wait to expand his already wonderful readership and introduce him to a new generation of readers.
April 15, 2012 |
The Tea Fire was raging across the hills of Montecito, and T.C. Boyle was worried. He was worried about the safety of his home, as anyone near the flames would be, and that concern was amplified by the fact that the nearly century-old house was designed by no less than Frank Lloyd Wright. And then there were the papers: the highly combustible manuscripts, research, notes and bound volumes that constitute Boyle's life's work. Everything that had gone into writing two dozen books and 150 stories was stashed in Boyle's basement.
April 4, 2011 |
It's probably safe to assume that the names Patti Smith and Dave Eggers are not uttered in the same sentence with any degree of regularity. But their appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books could change all that. The rocker (whose "Just Kids" recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction) and the literary hipster (whose book "Zeitoun" won last year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize for current interest ) will appear together onstage at this year's book festival, which after 15 years at UCLA is moving to USC. The festival is scheduled for April 30 and May 1. More than 400 authors will participate in upward of 100 readings, panel discussions and, for a few — such as comedian Patton Oswalt ("Zombie Spaceship Wasteland")
November 28, 2004 |
America may still be fighting the culture wars in the voting booth, but in the artistic arena the "sexual revolution" has become fodder for historical fiction, and sexologist Alfred Kinsey is getting the full treatment. The opening this month of the feature film "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson, arrives close on the heels of "The Inner Circle" (Viking), T.C.
September 30, 2001 |
"After the plague--it was some sort of Ebola mutation passed from hand to hand and nose to nose like the common cold--life was different. More relaxed and expansive, more natural." Although he wrote the sentence long before, the optimistic opening of the title story to T.C. Boyle's disturbing new collection reads as sharp, if different, after Sept.11.
February 23, 2003 |
Who would have thought that T.C. Boyle would write a defining novel about the hippie side of the 1960s? Boyle's prose, it's true, has always shimmered with psychedelic colors, but, especially in early short stories such as "The Big Garage" and novels such as "Budding Prospects," he gazed down at his characters from a hawk's altitude, his eye sharp and beady and unsentimental.