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"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)

"The idea of Dana Halter chasing Dana Halter has the makings of a postmodern house of mirrors — at least until the thief quickly sheds Halter's name, abandoning with it Boyle's typical authorial puzzle and any sense of palpable predicament. What ensues is a soggy, spiritless chase from West Coast to East....In the end, ironically, it's the thief's loss that we care about, not Halter's. That might be Boyle's point. But if so, it's also the fleshiest, most intriguing crime in the book." Tom Chiarella, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

"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)

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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:

"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

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:

"The early chapters are a Kafkaesque horror story of bewildering accusations, sullen cops, and loony cellmates....The novel flies along on the power of Boyle's propulsive and exquisitely perceptive prose. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[Boyle] delivers a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller....He proves that he can muster his literary chops to maintain the tension as well as any old pro of the genre." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"The continuity errors distracted this reviewer, and missing details make the novel more frustrating than riveting. Still, Boyle's many fans will probably want to go along for the ride." Library Journal

Review:

"For all their literary flair, Boyle's books feature honest-to-God plots....And for those who like a little literary meat in their summer page-turners, Boyle's knack for nuanced and intelligent characterization and language hasn't deserted him here." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[Boyle's] fixation on the foodie habits of his characters is emblematic of how Boyle's work suffers when...he tries to define people's status by what they buy and eat as opposed to more timeless measures." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"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 21st century America." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Boyle once again delivers an entertaining story with his usual laser commentary....It is a bonus with his writing: Beyond the plot is this underworld of fanciful words, at the ready to send a reader straight to Webster's." USA Today

Review:

"Don't be fooled by its title: There's nothing chatty about T.C. Boyle's 11th novel. Talk Talk is his least discursive, most tautly paced book to date....Talk Talk opens at full throttle and never slackens." San Francisco Chronicle

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:

"Boyle's carefully cadenced sentences unwind in bursts of thought that almost tumble out of control, mimicking an unruly inner voice, bringing the reader inside the character's mind and heart." Chicago Sun-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

Synopsis:

The brilliant and acclaimed New York Times bestseller from the author of The Women and When the Killingand#8217;s Done

Just off the coast of Southern California, two familiesand#151;one in the 1880s and one in the 1930sand#151;come to desolate, windswept San Miguel Island in search of self-reliance, freedom, and a new start in their lives. Both Marantha Waters and Elise Lester strive to help their war veteran husbands pursue their dreams but must themselves grapple with the more nebulous hardships of raising a family in brutal isolation. Boyle and#147;skillfully captures that tension-filled quietudeand#8221; (The New Times Book Review) in this lyrical, intimate, and unforgettable novel.

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.

About the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of twelve novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.

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cybonan, November 17, 2006 (view all comments by cybonan)
Boyle's typical crazy ride takes us on a chase across country and leads to revelations about the inner thoughts of a modern criminal and of the silent but booming world of a deaf person. He reveals hidden layers in the history of linguistics and illustrates how we communicate on many different levels. In this vivid story you subconsciously become aware of the faults of an utterly compassionate character and begin to sympathize, ever so slightly, with the deplorable crook. Talk talk is a fun ride!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670037704
Author:
Boyle, T. C.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Deaf women
Subject:
Identity theft
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
July 6, 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"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 A Day" by , "The idea of Dana Halter chasing Dana Halter has the makings of a postmodern house of mirrors — at least until the thief quickly sheds Halter's name, abandoning with it Boyle's typical authorial puzzle and any sense of palpable predicament. What ensues is a soggy, spiritless chase from West Coast to East....In the end, ironically, it's the thief's loss that we care about, not Halter's. That might be Boyle's point. But if so, it's also the fleshiest, most intriguing crime in the book." (read the entire Esquire review)
"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" 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."
"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 , "The early chapters are a Kafkaesque horror story of bewildering accusations, sullen cops, and loony cellmates....The novel flies along on the power of Boyle's propulsive and exquisitely perceptive prose. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "[Boyle] delivers a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller....He proves that he can muster his literary chops to maintain the tension as well as any old pro of the genre."
"Review" by , "The continuity errors distracted this reviewer, and missing details make the novel more frustrating than riveting. Still, Boyle's many fans will probably want to go along for the ride."
"Review" by , "For all their literary flair, Boyle's books feature honest-to-God plots....And for those who like a little literary meat in their summer page-turners, Boyle's knack for nuanced and intelligent characterization and language hasn't deserted him here."
"Review" by , "[Boyle's] fixation on the foodie habits of his characters is emblematic of how Boyle's work suffers when...he tries to define people's status by what they buy and eat as opposed to more timeless measures."
"Review" by , "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 21st century America."
"Review" by , "Boyle once again delivers an entertaining story with his usual laser commentary....It is a bonus with his writing: Beyond the plot is this underworld of fanciful words, at the ready to send a reader straight to Webster's."
"Review" by , "Don't be fooled by its title: There's nothing chatty about T.C. Boyle's 11th novel. Talk Talk is his least discursive, most tautly paced book to date....Talk Talk opens at full throttle and never slackens."
"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 , "Boyle's carefully cadenced sentences unwind in bursts of thought that almost tumble out of control, mimicking an unruly inner voice, bringing the reader inside the character's mind and heart."
"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."
"Synopsis" by ,
The brilliant and acclaimed New York Times bestseller from the author of The Women and When the Killingand#8217;s Done

Just off the coast of Southern California, two familiesand#151;one in the 1880s and one in the 1930sand#151;come to desolate, windswept San Miguel Island in search of self-reliance, freedom, and a new start in their lives. Both Marantha Waters and Elise Lester strive to help their war veteran husbands pursue their dreams but must themselves grapple with the more nebulous hardships of raising a family in brutal isolation. Boyle and#147;skillfully captures that tension-filled quietudeand#8221; (The New Times Book Review) in this lyrical, intimate, and unforgettable novel.

"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.

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