T.C. Boyle Stories (Paperback)

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I had never been a short story reader before picking up TC Boyle, but this collection made me a convert and led me to discover all that the genre has to offer. Boyle creates a fascinating portrait of modern day Southern California, and his stories offer center around challenging (read: unlikable) characters doing inexplicable things, with strange motives and desires. "The Lie," a story about a snowballing tall-tale that grows wildly out of hand, is one of the most entertaining pieces of fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended. 

— From Jacob


Gathered into one volume, the first four short story collections of T.C. Boyle, winner of the 2015 Rea Award for the Short Story

T. C. Boyle
is one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today. Over the course of twenty-five years, Boyle has built up a body of short fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America's obsession with image and materialism. Gathered together here are all of the stories that have appeared in his four previous collections, as well as seven that have never before appeared in book form. Together they comprise a book of small treasures, a definitive gift for Boyle fans and for every reader ready to discover the "ferocious, delicious imagination" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) of a "vibrant sensibility fully engaged with American society" (The New York Times).

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140280913
ISBN-10: 014028091X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 1999
Pages: 704
Language: English