T. C. Boyle Stories

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-11-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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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).

Author Biography

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of Drop City, A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, and six collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. His stories appear regularly in major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. T.C. Boyle's Web site is www.tcboyle.com.

Table of Contents

Modern Lovep. 3
Ike and Ninap. 12
Sorry Fugup. 21
Without a Herop. 34
Heart of a Championp. 46
Carnal Knowledgep. 53
Acts of Godp. 69
Hopes Risep. 85
Descent of Manp. 97
Caviarp. 106
All Shook Upp. 119
Dated Jane Austenp. 133
Cayep. 138
Little Fur Peoplep. 143
John Barleycorn Livesp. 156
The Hatp. 165
Whales Weepp. 178
A Women's Restaurantp. 189
Thawing Outp. 199
Back in the Eocenep. 210
Sitting on Top of the Worldp. 215
If the River Was Whiskeyp. 228
Juliana Clothp. 236
Big Gamep. 245
Greasy Lakep. 261
Peace of Mindp. 269
King Beep. 280
Sinking Housep. 292
The Devil and Irv Cherniskep. 302
The Human Flyp. 314
On for the Long Haulp. 327
The 100 Faces of Death, Volume IVp. 342
Little Americap. 350
Stones in My Passway, Hellhound on My Trailp. 360
The Hit Manp. 365
Not a Leg to Stand Onp. 370
Green Hellp. 383
Me Cago en la Leche (Robert Jordan in Nicaragua)p. 395
The Ape Lady in Retirementp. 402
De Rerum Naturap. 416
The Extinction Talesp. 424
The Fog Manp. 430
Drowningp. 439
Rara Avisp. 445
The Overcoat IIp. 449
Mexicop. 469
And Everything in Between
Beatp. 485
Hard Sellp. 497
The Miracle at Ballinspittlep. 502
Top of the Food Chainp. 510
The Hector Quesadilla Storyp. 515
We Are Norsemenp. 525
The Champp. 532
Bloodfallp. 538
Rupert Beersley and the Beggar Master of Sivani-Hootap. 546
The New Moon Partyp. 561
The Second Swimmingp. 574
Dadap. 584
Two Shipsp. 587
The Little Chillp. 597
A Bird in Handp. 602
The Arctic Explorerp. 612
Rapture of the Deepp. 625
56-0p. 636
The Big Garagep. 647
Zapatosp. 661
Respectp. 666
Filthy with Thingsp. 675
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