If the River Was Whiskey
By T.C. Boyle
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140119503, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 1990
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In sixteen stories, T.C. Boyle tears through the walls of contemporary society to reveal a world at once comic and tragic, droll and horrific. Boyle introduces us to a death-defying stuntman who rides across the country strapped to the axle of a Peterbilt, and to a retired primatologist who can’t adjust to the civilized” world. He chronicles the state of romance that requires full-body protection in a disease-conscious age and depicts with aching tenderness the relationship between a young boy and his alcoholic father. These magical and provocative stories mark yet another virtuoso performance from one of America’s most supple and electric literary inventors.
T.C. Boyle is the author of thirteen novels, including World’s End, which won the 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award; Drop City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Women. He has also published nine collections of stories and was the recipient of the prestigious PEN/Malmud Award for Excellence in the short story. His stories appear in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, McSweeney’s, and Playboy. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives in California.
“Boyle is a consummate entertainer, a verbal showman, and explosively gifted satirist.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Boyle has the tale-teller’s gift in abundance. . . . The eye is sharp and focused, the ear has perfect pitch.”—Chicago Tribune
“Writing at its very, very best.”—USA Today