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The Relive Box and Other Stories (Hardback)
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The Relive Box and Other Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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BY THE WINNER OF THE JONATHAN SWIFT PRIZE 2017 A dynamic new collection from one of our most original storytellers: satirical, surreal and very much of the moment. In these stories, T. C. Boyle focuses hisunerring eye on humanity's relationship with nature, and the unintended consequences of our efforts to control it. The prize-winning `Are We Not Men?' reflects on the impact of new gene-editing technologies while `The Relive Box' parodies our obsession with electronic games. In `She's the Bomb', a young woman waits on her graduation day, heart in mouth, for an explosive event. A burrito-seller has a killer business idea in `The Five-Pound Burrito', but learns that success comes at a price. An Italian couple moves south for a fresh start in `The Argentine Ant', but finds that paradise holds a nasty sting. And in the chilling `The Designee', a lonely widower can't believe his luck when he receives a mysterious letter from England. In electric prose T. C. Boyle explores myriad facets of society: greed and excess, parenthood and responsibility, the digital world and the way we understand our mortality. Roaming unrestrainedly through the present and near future, he inhabits his characters' minds with a ventriloquist's flair, skewering human motivations and revealing us to ourselves with empathy and wry humour.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408890134
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Some of the best, funniest, bleakest, most unsettling short stories I've ever read * The Times *
A wonderful short story collection which presents 12 snapshots of lives that have reached critical points... Boyle's brand of futuristic fiction is so uncomfortably close to reality that the stories pack a prophetic punch * Independent *
Always enjoyable, virtually incapable of dullness or slack sentences ... His stories reveal truths about modern life while still feeling beautifully invented * New York Times *
The author is on a super footing .... when capturing the sense that we stand at a precipitous moment in history. T.C. Boyle is able to provoke moments of uneasy reflection from the reader: look, he seems to do to say - and look hard - not just at what we have done to the world, but at what we might have done to ourselves in the process * Times Literary Supplement *
By far and away one of the most inventive, adventurous and accomplished fiction writers in the US today ... Most of all, he is a mesmerising storyteller -- Lionel Shriver
Boyle is such a good storyteller it will probably take, as in Alice Munro's case, the Nobel Prize or retirement for us to fully appreciate what tremendous talent has laid right in front of our noses -- John Freeman * Boston Globe *
Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges -- Barbara Kingsolver
The master of edgy short fiction * Evening Standard *
A writer of palpable intelligence * LA Times *
A virtuoso craftsman -- Annie Proulx
Boyle puts his prose to poignantly effective use ... Admirable -- Philip Womack * Daily Telegraph *
A sort of Frank Zappa of American letters ... Boyle is incapable of writing a boring sentence * Financial Times *
His twenty-six works of fiction ... combine the zany humour of early Woody Allen with An Inconvenient Truth's concern for our collective fate * Independent *
Crisp, cutting and providing a clued-up commentary of emerging technologies which foster self-absorption -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *
Boyle's brand of futuristic fiction is so uncomfortably close to reality that the stories pack a prophetic punch. If these circumstances are not happening now, the reader feels, they are coming, and ominously soon ... So vivid that I had to get up and walk around the room afterwards to shake it off -- Kirsty McLuckie * Scotland on Sunday *

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