The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle

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While there are misfires — namely, “The Designee,” an overly long tale of a senior bilked in a fraud scheme, and “She’s the Bomb” in which a university dropout texts bomb threats to her graduation ceremony — on the whole, The Relive Box, is a worthy addition to an already impressive oeuvre.
-Toronto Star

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While T.C. Boyle is known as one of our greatest American novelists, he is also an acknowledged master of the short story and is perhaps at his funniest, his most moving, and his most surprising in the short form. In The Relive Box, Boyle's sharp wit and rich imagination combine with a penetrating social consciousness to produce raucous, poignant, and expansive short stories defined by an inimitable voice. From the collection's title story, featuring a Halcom X1520 Relive Box that allows users to experience anew almost any moment from their past to "The Five-Pound Burrito," the tale of a man aiming to build the biggest burrito in town, the twelve stories in this collection speak to the humor, the pathos, and the struggle that is part of being human while relishing the whimsy of wordplay and the power of a story well told. In stories that span a variety of styles and genres, Boyle addresses the enduring concerns of the human mind and heart while taking on timely social concerns. The Relive Box is an exuberant, linguistically dazzling effort from a "vibrant sensibility fully engaged with American society." (The New York Times)
 

About T.C. Boyle

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T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), 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.
 
Published October 3, 2017 by Ecco. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Deb Olin Unferth on Dec 08 2017

oyle’s characters aren’t interested in spinning their moral compasses. They tend to be emotionally bankrupt. They don’t love hard; they cheat; they are petty and afraid and lonely.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen Finucan on Dec 29 2017

While there are misfires — namely, “The Designee,” an overly long tale of a senior bilked in a fraud scheme, and “She’s the Bomb” in which a university dropout texts bomb threats to her graduation ceremony — on the whole, The Relive Box, is a worthy addition to an already impressive oeuvre.

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