©2001 T. Coraghessan Boyle; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Boyle's imagination and zeal for storytelling are in top form here, making this collection a smash." (Publishers Weekly)
"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....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." (Booklist)
"All in all this is classic Boyle, a work to be embraced by his enthusiasts and one that belongs in most collections of serious fiction." (Library Journal)
I've never been a fan of short stories, but Boyle is an amazing writer. Combined with the best narrator in the business, Scott Brick, this audio book was thoroughly enjoyable.
To my taste, Mr. Boyle is simply the very best short story writer in the U.S. This book is not for everyone. It is for lovers of language, contemporary life, and a slightly twisted view of humanity. And Mr. Brick is the ideal reader. Enjoy!
Publisher's summary is way off mark. There is nothing "wickedly funny" in these stories and T.C. Boyle's world is not "achingly beautiful". The stories are about fundamentally amoral, mostly male, low-lives who predictably march toward a destructive end to the drumbeat of their self-righteousness. Certainly well written and narated, but gets old quickly. One or two of these in a diverse collection would've been good, but 13 hours of wallowing in self-pity gutter was too much for me.
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