TC Boyle’s new novel is a tragic-absurd assault on “humanity”

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Talk to me: a novel, by TC Boyle (Ecco, 352 pages, $ 27.99).

Rquite 40 years ago in Pasadena, in a Raymond Chandler-era apartment court, I overheard TC Boyle read his story “Ike and Nina”, which was supposed to tell the tale of a former staff member at an unlikely attraction between President Eisenhower and the Soviet leader’s wife. Nikita Khrushchev. He was T. Coraghessan Boyle in those early days, a theatrical figure with a name to live up to; I read it since the publication of its first stories in small magazines. Some writers are good readers of their own fiction; more are not. Boyle is one of the best I ever heard, no

This article appears as “All Too Human” in the October 18, 2021 print edition of National exam.

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John Wilson – Mr. Wilson is editor of the Marginalia book review.


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