Tooth and Claw by T.C. Boyle
and Other Stories

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Since his first collection of stories, Descent of Man, appeared in 1979, T.C. Boyle has become an acknowledged master of the form who has transformed the nature of short fiction in our time. Among the fourteen tales in his seventh collection are the comic yet lyrical title story, in which a young man wins a vicious African cat in a bar bet; "Dogology," about a suburban woman losing her identity to a pack of strays; and "The Kind Assassin," which explores the consequences of a radio shock jock's quest to set a world record for sleeplessness. Muscular, provocative, and blurring the boundaries between humans and nature, the funny and the shocking, Tooth and Claw is Boyle at his best.


 

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 September 8, 2005 by Penguin Books. 303 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Darker tones and an impressive range of subjects dominate this impressive collection of 14 vivid stories, the seventh from one of our most versatile and prolific writers.

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The New York Times

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(And prim as she is, you sense that in Mrs. Knight the continent may have met its match.) These two stories allow a little room for mystery to seep in, and so elude what is a nagging flaw in Boyle's short (and sometimes his long) fiction, a certain patness.

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The Guardian

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Tooth and Claw by TC Boyle 284pp, Bloomsbury, £10.99 "Do you realise what it is that's causing world chaos?"

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The Guardian

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Tooth and Claw by TC Boyle Bloomsbury £10.99, pp284 TC Boyle's use of language is as vital and ferocious as the animals stalking his pages.

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Book Reporter

Although most of the stories have a contemporary setting, Boyle also demonstrates his vast imagination and grasp of history with stories such as "Up Against the Wall," set during the Vietnam era, and "The Doubtfulness of Water," the saga of one woman's journey from Boston to New York in 1702.

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Entertainment Weekly

Boyle's fierce, funny new collection, men are fools, women hold the sexual cards, and nature is full of surprises, few of them pleasant.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Steve Almond New York Times 2.5 of 5 Stars "[A]s accomplished as these stories are, it often seems hardly worth finishing a particular specimen, given that it’s obvious how things will turn out.

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