The bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City returns with a timely new novel about a woman in desperate pursuit of a man who has stolen her identity
The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.
Now she is in a courtroom, her legs shackled, as a list of charges is read out. She is accused of assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft, and passing bad checks, among other things. Clearly there has been a terrible mistake. A manhis name is William "Peck" Wilson as Dana and Bridger eventually learnhas been living a blameless life of criminal excess at Dana's expense. And as Dana and Bridger set out to find him, they begin to test to its limits the life they have started to build together.
Talk Talk is both a thrilling road trip across America and a moving story about language, love, and identity from one of America's finest novelists.
In Talk, Talk, Boyle explores the whole concept of identity, not just identity theft. As the fake Dana chops and changes his identity and the real Dana fights to be understood in a hearing world, readers will question how we define our own identity and how others perceive us by the identity we display. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
The continuity errors distracted this reviewer, and missing details make the novel more frustrating than riveting. Still, Boyle's many fans will probably want to go along for the ride.
As Dana and Bridger hurtle across the country and the tension mounts, Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in signature style, and readers will be hot on the trail.
The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
Using his gift for manic invention and freewheeling, hyperventilated prose, Mr. Boyle does an antic job...wittily dancing around his theme of identity and identity theft, even as he orchestrates a sense of foreboding and suspense.
By the riveting climax, characters and readers alike recognize that the very concept of a fixed, static identity is a delusion.
According to the
Javelin/Better Business Bureau Survey
of February 2007, 8.4 million USA adults
were victims of identity theft fell in
2007, although this is down about 2
million since 2003 it is still an awful
lot of people! The total fraud
amount was $49 billion, with an average
loss of almost $6,000 per person, and an
average resolution time of 40 hours.
A summary of the US
Federal Trade Commission's advice on
protecting yourself against identity
Deter identity thieves by
safeguarding your information.
Secure personal information in
your home, especially if you employ
outside help or are having work done
on your home.
Don't give out personal info on
the phone, through the mail or the
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