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When the Killing's Done. T.C. Boyle

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T.C. Boyle tackles a highly topical subject - animal rights and conservation - and returns to the themes of beloved classics such as A Friend of the Earth and Tortilla Curtain T.C. Boyle is a prize-winning author with a loyal readership: review coverage guaranteed The Tortilla Curtain sold 17,000 copies; Drop City sold 13,500 copies; Talk Talk sold 10,000 copies (BookScan)

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T.C. Boyle's novels include World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The Tortilla Curtain, Riven Rock, A Friend of the Earth, Drop City (which was a finalist for the National Book Awards), The Inner Circle and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Women. His short story collections include After the Plague, Tooth and Claw and Wild Child, and his stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Granta and the Paris Review. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. T.C. Boyle was recently inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in California.


PRAISE FOR THE WOMEN: 'Boyle at his best ... mesmerizing' New York Times Book Review 'The prose is sparkling, the narrative gripping, and the material to die for' The Times 'Boyle ratchets up every ounce of tension from the story. It's a stunning achievement' Daily Mail 'Crackles with drama ... a blisteringly good read' Sunday Telegraph Summer Reads

The Channel Islands off the coast of California provide the backdrop for PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author Boyle's 13th novel, following The Women (2009), also available from Blackstone Audio. The book begins with a shipwreck that tests the mental and physical strength of one of the novel's tough female characters and then moves back and forth in history, telling the story of a family and the irrevocable ways its members both affect nature and are affected by it. Awash in recurring images of violence and death, the narrative is arranged as separate stories that swirl around the family like the waters around the islands, offering up a tangled net of conflict among incompatible interests: ecological well-being, animal rights, and the human impulse toward intervention. Actor/narrator Anthony Heald's ( mellow voice helps to weave the story into a cohesive, gripping drama and provides a welcome respite from the sometimes exhausting action of the plot. Recommended. ["Whether we regard this work as environmental fiction or a philosophical treatise on land ethics, Boyle has delivered yet another quandary to ponder," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 1/11.-Ed.]-Beth Traylor, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libs. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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