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The Tortilla Curtain

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi and recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community he a sensitive nature writer she an obsessive realtor Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine From the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding

Drop City

It is and a down at the heels California commune devoted to peace free love and the simple life has decided to relocate to the last frontier the unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska in the ultimate expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit of adventure and na ve optimism the inhabitants of Drop City arrive in the wilderness of Alaska only to find their utopia already populated by other young homesteaders When the two communities collide unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born as everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life love nourishment and a roof over one s head Rich allusive and unsentimental T C Boyle s ninth novel is a tour de force infused with the lyricism and take no prisoners storytelling for which he is justly famous

The Women

Welcome to the troubled tempestuous world of Frank Lloyd Wright Scandalous affairs rage behind closed doors broken hearts are tossed aside fires rip through the wings of the house and paparazzi lie in wait outside the front door for the latest tragedy in this never ending saga This is the home of the great architect of the twentieth century a man of extremes in both his work and his private life at once a force of nature and an avalanche of need and emotion that sweeps aside everything in its path Sharp savage and subtle in equal measure The Women plumbs the chaos horrors and uncontainable passions of a formidable American icon

The Road to Wellville

Will Lightbody is a man with a stomach ailment whose only sin is loving his wife Eleanor too much Eleanor is a health nut of the first stripe and when in she journeys to Dr John Harvey Kellogg s infamous Battle Creek Spa to live out the vegetarian ethos poor Will goes too p So begins T Coraghessan Boyle s wickedly comic look at turn of the century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives or the profit to be had from manufacturing it Brimming with a Dickensian cast of characters and laced with wildly wonderful plot twists Jane Smiley in i The New York Times Book Review i called i The Road to Wellville i a marvel enjoyable from beginning to end p

The Inner Circle

H r mal ich wollte dich fragen ob du dich vielleicht mit mir verloben m chtest Du wei t schon f r diesen Kurs Es ist das Jahr und auf dem Campus der Universit t Indiana ist eine Revolution ausgebrochen Alfred Kinsey urspr nglich Zoologe besch ftigt sich mit dem Sexualverhalten von M nnern und Frauen und das rein empirisch Unter dem harmlos klingenden Titel Ehe und Familie gibt er Aufkl rungskurse die durch die Pr sentation von drastischen Dias Furore machen John Milk ein junger ehrgeiziger aber in sexuellen Dingen v llig unbedarfter Student lernt Kinsey pers nlich kennen und wird dessen erster Mitarbeiter Kinseys Projekt ist gewaltig Er will so viele Personen wie m glich zu ihren sexuellen Erfahrungen Vorlieben und Gewohnheiten befragen und gleichzeitig Angaben zu deren sozialem Hintergrund und physischer Konstitution sammeln um der Sexualforschung eine Basis zu geben John Milk ist von diesem Mann fasziniert und wird einer seiner treuesten Anh nger und uneingeschr nktesten Verfechter Und doch ger t er in einen Zwiespalt denn da gibt es eine junge Frau die er liebt und mit der er leben will T C Boyle erz hlt die Geschichte eines ebenso genialen wie fanatischen Helden f r den die sexuelle Aufkl rung das h chste aller Ziele ist und zeichnet ein Portr t der pr den bigotten Gesellschaft des Amerika der vierziger und f nfziger Jahre

Talk Talk

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When the Killing's Done

b From the bestselling author of i The Women i comes an action packed adventure about endangered animals and those who protect them b br br Principally set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara T C Boyle s powerful new novel combines pulse pounding adventure with a socially conscious richly humane tale regarding the dominion we attempt to exert for better or worse over the natural world Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the island s endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs which in her view must be eliminated Her antagonist Dave LaJoy is a dreadlocked local businessman who along with his lover the folksinger Anise Reed is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues br br Their confrontation plays out in a series of escalating scenes in which these characters violently confront one another and tempt the awesome destructive power of nature itself Boyle deepens his story by going back in time to relate the harrowing tale of Alma s grandmother Beverly who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck in the channel as well as the tragic story of Anise s mother Rita who in the late s lived and worked on a sheep ranch on Santa Cruz Island In dramatizing this collision between protectors of the environment and animal rights activists Boyle is in his characteristic fashion examining one of the essential questions of our time Who has the right of possession of the land the waters the very lives of all the creatures who share this planet with us i When the Killing s Done i will offer no transparent answers but like i The Tortilla Curtain i Boyle s classic take on illegal immigration it will touch you deeply and put you in a position to decide

Water Music

b T C Boyle s riotous first novel now in a new edition for its th anniversary b br br Twenty five years ago T C Boyle published his first novel i Water Music i a funny bawdy extremely entertaining novel of imaginative and stylistic fancy that announced to the world Boyle s tremendous gifts as a storyteller Set in the late eighteenth century i Water Music i follows the wild adventures of Ned Rise thief and whoremaster and Mungo Park a Scottish explorer through London s seamy gutters and Scotland s scenic highlands to their grand meeting in the heart of darkest Africa There they join forces and wend their hilarious way to the source of the Niger BACKCOVER Ribald hilarious exotic an engrossing flight of the literary imagination br i Los Angeles Times i br br i Water Music i does for fiction what i Raiders of the Lost Ark i did for film Boyle is an adept plotter a crazed humorist and a fierce describer br i The Boston Globe i br br High comic fiction Boyle is a writer of considerable talent He pulls off his most implausible inventions with wit a perfect sense of timing and his considerable linguistic gifts br i The Washington Post i

World's End

This multi generational novel ranges over the history of the Hudson River Valley from the late seventeenth century to the late s with low humor high seriousness and magical almost hallucinatory prose It follows the interwoven destinies of families of Indians lordly Dutch patrons and yeomen

San Miguel

On a tiny desolate windswept island off the coast of Southern California two families one in the s and one in the s come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self reliance and freedom Their extraordinary stories full of struggle and hope are the subject of T C Boyle s haunting new novel br br Thirty eight year old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year s Day to restore her failing health Joined by her husband a stubborn driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island Marantha strives to persevere in the face of the hardships some anticipated and some not of living in such brutal isolation Two years later their adopted teenage daughter Edith an aspiring actress will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches the ranch stands untenanted br br And then in March Elise Lester a librarian from New York City settles on San Miguel with her husband Herbie a World War I veteran full of manic energy As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity Elise gives birth to two daughters and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression Rendered in Boyle s accomplished assured voice with great period detail and utterly memorable characters this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America s most talented and inventive storytellers

World's End, San Miguel, When the Killing's Done, Drop City, The Tortilla Curtain, The Women, Water Music, The Inner Circle, Talk Talk, The Road to Wellville