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Budding Prospects: A Pastoralby T. C. Boyle
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All Felix Nasmyth and friends have to do is harvest a crop of Cannabis Sativa...
...and half a million tax-free dollars will be theirs. But they haven't reckoned on nosy Northern California-style neighbors, torrential rain, demands of the flesh, and Felix's improbable new love, a wayward sculptress on whose behalf he undertakes a one-man vendetta against a drug-busting state trooper named Jerpbak. As their deal escalates through crises into nightmare, their dreams of easy money get nipped in the bud.
"Boyle is probably the only writer this side of William Burroughs who could turn a 'pastoral' about marijuana farming in the hinterlands of Reagan/Deukmejian country into a rollicking celebration of the American agrarian spirit." Buffalo News
"[Boyle] has written a first-rate picaresque adventure..." LA Times
"[W]ith Boyle's sure narrative hand — and timing worthy of a stunt man— Budding Prospects is one of the most entertaining comedy adventures to make an appearance in quite a while." San Diego Magazine
About the Author
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of seventeen books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), and Tooth and Claw (2005). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978. His books are available in a number of foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian and Bulgarian. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney's, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.
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