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"Compelling characters, a plot built for speed, a canvas that stretches coast to coast — all the ingredients for a gripping tale are here. Yet Boyle is his own worst enemy....Boyle's fatal addiction to adjectival clauses and piled-on explanatory metaphors slows the story down even more. And under the made-for-TV script and lumbering prose lurks an essentially adolescent vision of male-female relations: women are enigmatic forces of nature that no man can hope to understand, let alone control. Still the bright young Turk, Boyle may have grown older, but he has yet to grow up." Scott Prater, Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

"If you are one of the 26.5 million veterans whose personal information was on that stolen laptop, stop reading right now. And under no circumstances should you buy Talk Talk, the latest novel by T. C. Boyle. The rest of us, though, will certainly enjoy the PEN-Faulkner Award-winner's satirically clever take on that most modern of crimes, identity theft. (Although be warned: Side effects include a creeping feeling of paranoia and an overwhelming urge to purchase a shredder.)" Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City returns with a timely new novel about a woman in desperate pursuit of a man who has stolen her identity.

The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

Now she is in a courtroom, her legs shackled, as a list of charges is read out. She is accused of assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft, and passing bad checks, among other things. Clearly there has been a terrible mistake. A man — his name is William "Peck" Wilson, as Dana and Bridger eventually learn — has been living a blameless life of criminal excess at Dana's expense. And as Dana and Bridger set out to find him, they begin to test to its limits the life they have started to build together.

Talk Talk is both a thrilling road trip across America and a moving story about language, love, and identity from one of America's finest novelists.

Review:

"If stories about missing government laptops and hacked databases have got you shredding your bank statements and paying cash at restaurants, brace yourself for another jolt of paranoia. T. Coraghessan Boyle's new novel about identity theft is so perfectly aligned with the day's news that the FBI should search his house for stolen credit cards. 'Talk Talk' grabs hold of the fragile structures that... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[F]unny, engaging and suspenseful, and sadly undermined by a forced, slap-dash ending that feels as if it had been grafted on at the last minute in a desperate effort to find some way of bringing this novel to a close." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Boyle's energetic style will keep you reading, even when you think you know what's going to happen next. The truth is, you probably don't." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Boyle takes readers on a wild ride where sensation and thirst for justice overwhelm the need for likelihood....Unlike less confident writers, he never begs for a reader's sympathy on behalf of his protagonists." New York Times

Review:

"On the surface, this novel of identity theft delivers page-turning suspense, but it also delves deeper into the essence of identity....By the riveting climax, characters and readers alike recognize that the very concept of a fixed, static identity is a delusion." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island

On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.

Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year’s Day 1888 to restore her failing health.  Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives  to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her.  Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy.  As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression?Rendered in Boyle’s accomplished, assured voice, with great period detail and utterly memorable characters, this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America’s most talented and inventive storytellers.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author and PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Boyle recasts the battle of good and evil as an identity theft suspense story. As the tension mounts, Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in his signature style, leading readers along a mysterious trail.

About the Author

[Boyle's] most exciting novel yet. (The Washington Post, front page review)Starts off fast and never lets go. . . . Boyle once again delivers an entertaining story with his usual laser commentary. (USA Today)Talk Talk stands out as nothing short of an uncomfortable masterpiece-as simultaneously overwhelming, treacherous, beautiful and boiling over with hellacious revelation as its ultimate subject: life in twenty-first-century America. (Los Angeles Times, front page review)Funny, engaging, and suspenseful (The New York Times)A tense thriller . . . Talk Talk opens at full throttle and never slackens. (San Francisco Chronicle, front page review)Boyle takes the reader on a wild ride. (The New York Times Book Review)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112150
Author:
Boyle, T. C.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Deaf women
Subject:
Identity theft
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
July 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143112150 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Compelling characters, a plot built for speed, a canvas that stretches coast to coast — all the ingredients for a gripping tale are here. Yet Boyle is his own worst enemy....Boyle's fatal addiction to adjectival clauses and piled-on explanatory metaphors slows the story down even more. And under the made-for-TV script and lumbering prose lurks an essentially adolescent vision of male-female relations: women are enigmatic forces of nature that no man can hope to understand, let alone control. Still the bright young Turk, Boyle may have grown older, but he has yet to grow up." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review A Day" by , "If you are one of the 26.5 million veterans whose personal information was on that stolen laptop, stop reading right now. And under no circumstances should you buy Talk Talk, the latest novel by T. C. Boyle. The rest of us, though, will certainly enjoy the PEN-Faulkner Award-winner's satirically clever take on that most modern of crimes, identity theft. (Although be warned: Side effects include a creeping feeling of paranoia and an overwhelming urge to purchase a shredder.)" (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "[F]unny, engaging and suspenseful, and sadly undermined by a forced, slap-dash ending that feels as if it had been grafted on at the last minute in a desperate effort to find some way of bringing this novel to a close."
"Review" by , "Boyle's energetic style will keep you reading, even when you think you know what's going to happen next. The truth is, you probably don't."
"Review" by , "Boyle takes readers on a wild ride where sensation and thirst for justice overwhelm the need for likelihood....Unlike less confident writers, he never begs for a reader's sympathy on behalf of his protagonists."
"Review" by , "On the surface, this novel of identity theft delivers page-turning suspense, but it also delves deeper into the essence of identity....By the riveting climax, characters and readers alike recognize that the very concept of a fixed, static identity is a delusion."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island

On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.

Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year’s Day 1888 to restore her failing health.  Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives  to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her.  Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy.  As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression?Rendered in Boyle’s accomplished, assured voice, with great period detail and utterly memorable characters, this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America’s most talented and inventive storytellers.

"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author and PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Boyle recasts the battle of good and evil as an identity theft suspense story. As the tension mounts, Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in his signature style, leading readers along a mysterious trail.
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