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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. C. Boyle, T. Coraghessan Boyle Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Few authors in America write with such sheer love of story, language, and imagination as T.C. Boyle, and nowhere is that passion more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and widely praised short stories. In After the Plague, his sixth collection of stories, Boyle exhibits his maturing themes, speaking to contemporary social issues in a range of emotional keys. The sixteen stories gathered here, nine of which have appeared in the New Yorker and three in The O’Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories volumes, display Boyle’s astonishing range as he rings his changes on everything from air rage (“Friendly Skies”) to abortion doctors (“Killing Babies”). There are also stories of quiet passion here, such as “The Love of My Life,” which deals with first love and its consequences, and “My Widow,” a touching portrait of the writer’s own possible future. The collection ends with the brilliant title story, a whimsical and imaginative vision of a disease-ravaged Earth and the few inheritors of a new Eden. Presented with characteristic wit and intelligence, these stories will delight readers in search of the latest news of the chaotic, disturbing, and achingly beautiful world in which we live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This collection is uproarious and unforgiving: ‘She Wasn’t Soft,’ the title of one story, says it all. If Boyle finds dark humor in the lives of peeping toms, he also writes with tenderness about a widow waiting ‘for something she can’t name.’”

    New Yorker

  • “Boyle’s imagination and zeal for storytelling are in top form here, making this collection a smash.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “If you like Boyle, you won’t be able to resist.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Observant, empathic, and fresh, Boyle’s stories affirm literature’s vital and abiding role in our culture.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 2/10/2014

    " I am a longtime fan of the novels of T.C. Boyle, and he rarely disappoints. I wasn't exactly blown away by his previous collection of short stories, but there are some very impressive stories in this collection. Many people are of the opinion that his short stories are superior to his novels, and I'm beginning to come around to that view myself. Don't read After the Plague is you're looking for happy stories, though - most of these stories have rather depressing conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin Yaklin | 1/26/2014

    " some really good one here that will stick with you a long time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 1/22/2014

    " Almost every character in this book of short stories is a complete jerk. From the body-fascist triathlete with no time for joy in her 2%-fat life, to her jackass stoner boyfriend who sabotages her greatest triumph with spiked Gatorade, this is not an escapist book. That's perfectly fine, but I don't find Boyle as affecting as others do. This book, like many postmodern collections, leaves me squeaky-clean, untouched by emotion. It didn't help that there were so few likeable characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Art | 1/19/2014

    " I hold Boyle to a higher standard than most writers because he has written some outstanding stories in the past. I really liked Termination Dust and The Black and White Sisters, but the rest seemed a little formulaic for Boyle. "

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