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I Walk Between the Raindrops

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by T.C. Boyle

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  • Published Sep 2022
    288 pages
    Genre: Short Stories

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An electric collection of new short stories from the inimitable, bestselling writer of Talk to Me and Outside Looking In.

In the title story of Walk Between the Raindrops, a woman sits down next to a man at a bar and claims she has ESP. In "Thirteen Days," passengers on a cruise line are quarantined, to horrifying and hilarious effect. And "Hyena" begins simply: "That was the day the hyena came for him, and never mind that there were no hyenas in the South of France, and especially not in Pont-Saint-Esprit—it was there and it came for him."

A virtuoso of the short form, T.C. Boyle returns with an inventive, uproarious, and masterfully told collection of short stories characterized by biting satire, resonant wit, and a boundless, irrepressible imagination.

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"Boyle (Talk to Me) skewers American culture, masculine identity, and the modern age in his splendid latest collection...Boyle's stories are raw, unflinching, and highly entertaining...Readers will be enthralled." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The prolific Boyle continues to have fun and make literary mischief with his latest story collection...There's no reason why these 13 stories should seem so funny, as most of them confront individual mortality and some sort of cultural collapse. They run the gamut from the subversively real to the surreal in such a way that they blur the distinction between the implausible and the inevitable...A playful virtuoso with a deadly seriousness of purpose." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Forty-plus years into his stellar career, the prolific Boyle retains his signature charm and wit while mining the human condition for its many intrinsic foibles...Boyle's genius lies in his ability to describe characters through the eyes of other characters, adding nuance and depth. There's a rich musicality in Boyle's prose...His language can also take on a free flowing, jazz-like improvisational feel. Once again, Boyle's virtuosity shines." - Booklist (starred review)

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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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