For fans of Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth T.C Boyle is a prize-winning author with a loyal readership: review coverage guaranteed The Tortilla Curtain sold 16, 884, Drop City sold 13, 440, Talk Talk sold 10,000 (BookScan)
T.C. Boyle is the author of twenty works of fiction, including World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction), The Tortilla Curtain, A Friend of the Earth, Drop City (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Inner Circle, Tooth and Claw and Talk Talk. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and his stories regularly appear in major American magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, the Paris Review and McSweeney's. He lives in the George C. Stewart house, the first of Frank Lloyd Wright's California designs, with his wife and three children.
The genius of Frank Lloyd Wright was both magnetic and cruel, as evidenced by the succession of failed marriages and hot-blooded affairs depicted in this biographic reimagining that drills into Wright mythology and the dark shadows of the American dream. The narrative moves backwards in time through the accounts of four women in Wright's life: Olgivanna, the steely, grounded dancer from Montenegro; Miriam, the drug-addled narcissist from the South; Kitty, the devoted first wife; and Mamah, the beloved and murdered soul mate and intellectual companion. But the novel's centerpiece is Taliesin, Wright's Oz-like Wisconsin home. The tragedies that befall Taliesin-fires, brutality-serve as proxy for Wright's inner turmoil; his deeper stirrings surface only occasionally from behind Boyle's oft-overbearing depiction of Wright's women. The most engaging person is Tadashi Sato, the Japanese-American apprentice and narrator who emerges via his frequent footnotes as a complex reflection of "Wrieto-san" and, with his inability to remain objective and his evolving view of Wright and Wright's image, becomes the book's most dynamic character. It's a lush, dense and hyperliterate book-in other words, vintage Boyle. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
In his trademark style, Boyle (www.tcboyle.com) uses a fictional narrator to tell the story of an American original: Frank Lloyd Wright, that flamboyant genius of 20th-century architecture. The tale unfolds through the experiences of four women who loved Wright: the Montenegrin beauty Olgivanna Milanoff, the passionate Maude Miriam Noel, the spirited Mamah Borthwick Cheney, and Wright's devoted first wife, Catherine "Kitty" Tobin. Narrator Grover Gardner, a Publishers Weekly Narrator of the Year (2005), navigates the complicated story line with ease, reading with a distinctive clipped accent that could almost be Japanese (the novel's narrator is Wright apprentice Tadashi Sato, newly arrived from Japan). An excellent choice for fans of popular and literary fiction. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.com; the Viking hc was recommended "for most fiction collections," LJ 12/08.-Ed.]-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
'Frank Lloyd Wright's three dramatic love affairs, with all the elaborate deceptions, abandoned children, scandalised headlines and cruel conflagrations, real and metaphorical. The prose is sparkling, the narrative gripping, and the material to die for' The Times 'Gripping, enormously entertaining, and written with deliberately melodramatic gusto' Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph 'Boyle ratchets up every ounce of tension from the story. A stunning achievement' Daily Mail 'Riveting ... Despite dozens of writers' attempts to capture Wright's story, it seems safe to say that none has rendered it with more crackling life than Boyle' Wall Street Journal