I was thinking of some short story authors I have appreciated in the past. In one of the many classes I took after college, some for teacher certification, a literature class at the University of Texas at Dallas stands out and I think often of the books and stories read. The subject of the class was American contemporary fiction. One of the books read was a short story collection by T. C. Boyle. This American author, from what I vaguely remember, always had a strange twist or component to his stories. I haven’t read any of his novels, of which The Road to Wellville is one, only his short story collection called If the River Was Whiskey. Isn’t that a fabulous title? Most of his stories have great titles as well. I have also read a random story or two of his in magazines. Boyle also wrote the novel The Women, about Frank Lloyd Wright. I thought recently thought of T. Coreghessan Boyle, as he is sometimes known. Coincidentally, I was looking at some book news and saw that Tom C. has a new novel just published titled The Harder They Come.
Boyle has a nice website. He presents his major novels with a synopsis and then an excerpt. Also, Boyle is an artist. His art seems to be mainly comics or book cover ideas. From a couple of sources, I found that Boyle has been married since 1974. That is well over 40 years. If you read some of his stories, you might find this a little surprising. He was born in New York, but has lived in California for a long time. Boyle has won a great many writing awards. They are listed in his Wikipedia entry.
I appreciated the author born Thomas John Boyle’s writing many years ago and I am sure his novels and newer short stories are great reads. Go to Amazon or to Boyle’s website and read an excerpt or one of the stories.
Featured image by by Jamieson Fry, Santa Barbara CA, 2013