Few authors in America write with such sheer love of story, 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, his sixth collection of stories, Boyle exhibits his maturing themes, speaking to contemporary social issues in a range of emotional keys. The sixteen stories gathered here, nine of which have appeared in The New Yorker and three in The O’Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories volumes, display Boyle’s astonishing range as he rings his changes on everything from air rage (“Friendly Skies”) to abortion doctors (“Killing Babies”). There are also stories of quiet passion here, such as “The Love of My Life,” which deals with first love and its consequences, and “My Widow,” a touching portrait of the writer’s own possible future. The collection ends with the brilliant title story, a whimsical and imaginative vision of a disease-ravaged Earth and the few inheritors of a new Eden. Presented with characteristic wit and intelligence, these stories will delight readers in search of the latest news of the chaotic, disturbing, and achingly beautiful world in which we live.
T. Coraghessan gives an overview of the book:
About T. Coraghessan
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of nineteen books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), and Talk Talk (2006). Born Thomas John Boyle in...
T. Coraghessan Boyle has a thing about survivalism and physical hardship. For his characters, battling the elements and wrestling a living from the cruel hand of nature is somehow intrinsic to their...
In “Achates McNeil,” one of the fine, vigorous short stories that make up T C. Boyle’s inviting new collection, the title character bears the burden of secondhand celebrity.