T.C. Boyle After the Plague: Stories

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One of the acknowledged masters of the short story gives readers a gripping ride through narratives that shock, compel, and always entertain.
 
Few authors in America write with such sheer love of language and imagination as T.C. Boyle, and nowhere is that passion more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and widely praised short stories. In After the Plague, Boyle speaks of contemporary social issues in a range of emotional keys. The 16 tales gathered here address everything from air rage to abortion doctors to first love and its consequences. The collection ends with the brilliant title story, a whimsical and imaginative vision of a disease-ravaged Earth. Presented with characteristic wit and intelligence, this collection will delight readers in search of the latest news of the chaotic, disturbing, and achingly beautiful world in which we live.

“Fine, vigorous short stories . . . this is a writer who can take you anywhere.”—The New York Times
 
“Uproarious and unforgiving.”—The New Yorker
 
“In an age of war where the foe is indistinct and difficult to identify, Boyle has become both the poet and the prophet of our time.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Reads like a flip through the A-section of the newspaper . . . a vivid collage of millennial American life.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Boyle's imagination and zeal for storytelling are in top form here."—Publishers Weekly

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T. C. Boyle is the author of more than ten novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His story collections include Tooth and Claw as well as The Human Fly and Other Stories.

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*Starred Review* Boyle is not only a master literary craftsman but also profoundly attuned to the here and now, writing with sharp wit, supple imagination, and acute emotional sensitivity about the peculiarities of our densely populated, technology addled, and precarious world. His eight novels, including A Friend of the Earth (2000), constitute a smart, provocative, and rollicking body of outward-looking work that is more than matched by the power of his superb short stories. Five previous collections were gathered together in the knockout volume, T. C. Boyle Stories (1998), and now a new assemblage arrives that is even more remarkable than its predecessors. Here Boyle burrows deeply into the psyches of disparate characters in crisis, balancing his gift for vigorous description with insights into seemingly inexplicable behavior, moments when a person crashes through the guardrail of reason. In "She Wasn't Soft," the surfer-bum boyfriend of a fanatic amateur athlete, stoked by suppressed resentment, does exactly the wrong thing, as does the young, fresh-out-of-rehab protagonist in "Killing Babies," a steadily escalating, many-faceted story featuring a rabid mob of anti-abortion protesters. A connoisseur of the absurd and the macabre, Boyle is intrigued with new forms of mania. "Friendly Skies" is a creepy rendering of air rage. "Peep Hall" is a sweet brave-new-world love story about an admirer of a young woman who lives in a house rigged with cameras to provide cyber-voyeurs with 24-hour Internet access. Observant, empathic, and fresh, Boyle's stories affirm literature's vital and abiding role in our culture as the lights flicker on and off and dot-coms fizzle and die. Donna Seaman
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