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The Relive Box and Other Stories

by T.C. Boyle

The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2017
    272 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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A raucous collection of short stories from the astonishingly inventive and bestselling writer of The Harder They Come and The Terranauts.

While T. C. Boyle is known as one of our greatest American novelists, he is also an acknowledged master of the short story. In The Relive Box, his first collection following two hugely influential collected volumes, Boyle's crackling wit and thematic range combine with a penetrating social consciousness to produce his trademark "inventive and often crushingly comic" (NPR) short fiction.

From the title story, featuring a so-called relive box that allows users to experience anew almost any moment from their past, to "The Five-Pound Burrito," the tale of a man aiming to build the biggest burrito in town, the twelve stories in this collection represent a whole new way of looking at the world from one of the best storytellers at work today.The Relive Box is an exuberant, linguistically dazzling book from someone the Boston Globe has said is "such a good storyteller it will probably take, as in Alice Munro's case, the Nobel Prize or retirement for us to realize what tremendous talent has lain right in front of our noses."

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"Starred Review. Fans and new readers alike will appreciate Boyle's droll humor, eye for detail, and seemingly inexhaustible imagination." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Boyle's substantial collection is funny, disarming, and crushing, haunting and beautiful, as in "Surtsey," a tale of a 16-year-old who defies death and affirms love while a cataclysmic storm surge floods his Arctic home." - Booklist

"Boyle makes the incredible credible through detail, and his narrative voices convincing through rhythm and attitude. He can be funny, touching, or both, as when his characters face aging with characteristically fervent resistance." - Publishers Weekly

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T.C. Boyle Author Biography

Growing up, T. Coraghessan Boyle did not aspire to be a writer. He attended State University of New York as a music student but ended up as a history and English major. He says, "I went there to be a music major but found I really couldn't hack that at the age of 17 .... I just started to read outside my classes -- literature and history. I wound up being a history and English major; when I wandered into a creative writing class as a junior, I realized that writing was what I could do." After college he started teaching, in part to avoid getting drafted into the Vietnam War, and generally wandered through the next few years of his life - until he published a story in the North American Review and applied to the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop where he studied with John ...

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