Riven Rock by T.C. Boyle

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T. C. Boyle's seventh novel transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic figures whose tortured love story is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. It is the dawn of the twentieth century when the beautiful, budding feminist Katherine Dexter falls in love with Stanley McCormick, son of a millionaire inventor. The two wed, but before the marriage is consummated, Stanley experiences a nervous breakdown and is diagnosed as a schizophrenic sex maniac. Locked up for the rest of his life at Riven Rock, the family's California mansion, Stanley is treated by a series of confident doctors determined to cure him. But his true salvation lies with Katherine who, throughout her career as a scientist and suffragette, continues a patient vigil from beyond the walls of Riven Rock, never losing hope that one day Stanley will be healed.Blending social history with some of the most deliciously dark humor ever written, Boyle employs his hallmark virtuoso prose to tell the story of America's age of innocence--and of a love affair that is as extraordinary as it is unforgettable.


About T.C. Boyle

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T.C. BOYLE is the author of nine short story collections and twelve novels, including World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award; Drop City, finalist for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestselling The Women. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives near Santa Barbara, California, and is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Published January 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 482 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Division and separation are the dominant themes of Boyle's dark-hued and deftly plotted seventh novel, which bears strong incidental resemblances to his earlier World's End (1987) and The Road to Wellville (1993), though it displays a richer Dickensian brio throughout.

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T.C. Boyle (for that is how the former T. Coraghessan now styles himself) has gone back into recorded American history again, as he did in The Road to Wellville, for his characters and story, embroide

Feb 02 1998 | Read Full Review of Riven Rock

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First I must tell you that RIVEN ROCK is a very, very good book.

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