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T.C. Boyle has published fourteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his novel World's End, and the Prix Medicis etranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau award for excellence in nature writing. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.

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"The Harder They Come is the 66-year-old Boyle's 15th novel, displaying his characteristic energy, smart cultural references and talent for physical description. It's the emotional element that takes second place here, though, leaving an unfinished feel to the work."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"...Boyle tellingly explores the anger, paranoia, and violence lurking in the shadowlands of the American psyche. A powerful and profoundly unsettling tale."--Library Journal (starred review)
"...The pendulum swings back to high-adrenaline zaniness and pertinacious, destructive misfits. Individualism remains central, but unlike San Miguel, it's far from contemplative. It is a juggernaut, twisted to borderline psychotic."--BookPage
"The Harder They Come is the 66-year-old Boyle's 15th novel, and it displays his characteristic energy, smart cultural references and talent for physical description."--Dallas Morning News
"[M]arvelous... thrilling, intense... [T]he story and the characters...are amazing. Early in his career, Boyle could be pointlessly intense... His late style...is something to behold; it has the same verve and pace, but in service now to an adroit realism. "--USA Today
"[T]hrilling... Boyle can paint a scene in vibrant colors.... [with] characters, who, to his credit, occupy a dark space between psychosis and Americana..."--Entertainment Weekly
"Boyle has long been one of the most exciting and intelligent storytellers in the United States. His upcoming novel describes a mentally ill young man involved with a group of violent anarchists."--Washington Post
"Boyle's tart and exuberant powers of description, of people and places, and his cheerful black humor are as exhilarating as ever."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Boyle's...hypnotic narrative probes the complexities of heroism, violence, power, and resistance...Written with both clarity and compassion, each of the novel's characters inhabits a rich and convincing private world. As they traverse a landscape none of them control, their haunting stories illuminate the violent American battle with otherness."--Publishers Weekly
"Written with both clarity and compassion, each of the novel's characters inhabits a rich and convincing private world. As they traverse a landscape none of them control, their haunting stories illuminate the violent American battle with otherness."--Booklist
Fifteen years ago, Boyle told The Paris Review that he was 'writing novels of social engagement...These same concerns appear in The Harder They Come... It is not a cheerful book. The best ones never are."--Newsweek
"...A full-throated Harley Davidson of a novel... using some of fiction's least fashionable attributes, social realism, pointed action...to brilliantly dissect America's love affair with violence...[Boyle's] prose manages to be both vivid and sharp, patient and pressing.. Boyle's writing never loses energy or descriptive power."--Los Angeles Times
"[A] searing and masterful account of American violence and disaffection."--San Francisco Chronicle
"The Harder They Come has no solutions to the delusions and dysfunctions it portrays. But it taps memorably into something deeply skewed in the American psyche."--The Oregonian (Portland)
"[S]tunning... It's gripping, funny and melancholy...The Harder They Come is a masterly - and arresting - piece of storytelling, arguably Mr. Boyle's most powerful, kinetic novel yet."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"In his 15th novel, the author of The Tortilla Curtain and Drop City probes the psyches of three combustible characters... Sparks will fly."--Newsday
"New York Times-best-selling author T.C. Boyle explores the volatile relationships between an aging veteran, his unstable son, and the son's much older lover in The Harder They Come."--Buzzfeed, 27 Of The Most Exciting New Books of 2015
"Set in Northern California and rooted in actual events, The Harder They Come is a meditation on violence, specifically in the context of American history and culture. The text examines the connections between three damaged and explosive yet sympathetic people."--Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"T.C. Boyle is a master at exposing the American psyche in his fiction. His new novel The Harder They Come is yet another stunning example, an engaging portrait of family, violence, and anarchy."--Largehearted Boy
"The latest from a prolific and acclaimed novelist, The Harder They Come is a family saga that maps the relationships between the three people at its heart, as their potent mix of violence and paranoia urges them toward tragedy."--Huffington Post
"This new work of fiction from Boyle presents a fractured threesome: a 70-year-old ex-Marine, his troubled son and the son's older girlfriend-a right-wing anarchist. A dark novel, The Harder They Come explores violence and the American psyche."--Houston Chronicle
"When precisely...does T.C. Boyle sleep? In the 35 years since his first book came out, Boyle has published 14 novels and more than 100 stories. The Harder They Come is the usual T.C. Boyle...circus of serious-minded zaniness."--The Millions

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