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The Relive Box and Other Stories

by T.C. Boyle

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  • Published Oct 2017
    272 pages
    Genre: Short Stories

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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

T.Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-eight books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011), San Miguel (2012), T.C. Boyle Stories II (2013), The Harder They Come (2015), The Terranauts (2016), The Relive Box (2017) and Outside Looking In (2019). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is ...

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