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Greasy Lake and Other Stories (Contemporary American Fiction)

Greasy Lake and Other Stories (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author: T.Coraghessan Boyle
ISBN 13: 9780140077810
ISBN 10: 140077812
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1986-05-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $16.00

Mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, The Washington Post Book World says these masterful stories mark T. Coraghessan Boyle's development from "a prodigy's audacity to something that packs even more of a wallop: mature artistry." They cover everything, from a terrifying encounter between a bunch of suburban adolescents and a murderous, drug-dealing biker, to a touching though doomed love affair between Eisenhower and Nina Khruschev.

Michiko Kakutani

Mr. Boyle uses his seemingly limitless capacity for invention and a gift for nimble, hyperventilated prose to delineate his heightened vision of the world....Though the tales share the author's distinctly manic voice, a voice, pitched just this side of hysteria, they remain remarkably eclectic in form, disparate in subject matter - a testament to both Mr. Boyle's range as a storyteller and to the reach of his ambition....Many of Mr. Boyle's stories share a brooding, Pinteresque atmosphere of menace: violence and blood percolate throughout this collection, often surfacing in especially gruesome images...What saves the darkest tales from becoming morbidly grotesque is Mr. Boyle's infectious, farcical humor....Indeed, the best of his stories not only make the reader see; they also make the reader hear and smell and feel. -- New York Times