Without a Hero and other stories by T.C. Boyle

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T.C. Boyle was first feted as a master of the short story for his critically acclaimed Greasy Lake. With these stories applauded by People magazine as "wickedly comical," he displays once again a virtuosity and versatility rare in literary America today. Without a Hero zooms in on American phenomena such as a center for the treatment of acquisitive disorders; a couple in search of the last toads on earth; and a real estate wonder boy on a dude safari near convenient Bakerfield, California. Sharp, guileful, and malevolently funny, Boyle's stories are "more than funny, better than wicked," says The Philadelphia Inquirer. "They make you cringe with their clarity."


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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 May 1, 1995 by Penguin Books. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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The title story may be the best in that it has the book's most memorable character, a Russian immigrant woman who takes advantage of the wimpy California narrator, indulges in shopper's paradise and long-distance calls, but, ultimately, yearns for a lover ""to die for."" Perhaps the funniest is "...

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