Blue Skies


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$30.00  $27.90
Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.36 X 9.2 X 1.26 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short-story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published eighteen novels and twelve collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) in 1995 for The Tortilla Curtain. His novel Drop City was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award. Most recently, he has been the recipient of the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, the Henry David Thoreau Prize, and the Jonathan Swift Prize for satire. He is a Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.


Is climate change funny? Yes, in the brilliantly imaginative T. C. Boyle's hands, in a terrifying way. Blue Skies is both comic and wrenching. . . . A black arrow of unimaginable horror shoots through the novel's center, and Boyle leads us to contemplate the 'inexpressible sadness at the heart of everything'--and a morsel of the world's inexpressible beauty.--Annie Proulx
Boyle writes with a youthful and sustained energy that parallels the zeal of his dreamers, and that ultimately attenuates their failures. There are few writers who seem more American.--Chris Bachelder "New York Times Book Review"
Spirited... Boyle remains a vibrant stylist, with fondness for his complex characters and a knack for zany details... Equal parts entertaining and anxiety inducing, this dazzles.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Boyle, long a fervent proselytizer for environmental and animal rights, strikes the perfect satirical note to illustrate the nonchalance and obliviousness many otherwise intelligent people display.... Boyle's genius lies in his ability to blend the horrific and the humorous, to slowly ratchet up the tension while crafting a gripping yet eerie narrative that forecasts a disaster of our own making.--Booklist, starred review
Boyle's satire has lost none of its edge over the course of a nearly half-century literary career . . . [Blue Skies is] an expert blend of suspense, terror and, occasionally, very black humor . . . this fiercely honest writer shows us what he sees and invites his readers to draw their own conclusions.--Wendy Smith "Washington Post"
Blue Skies is less a novel about what might be done about the climate crisis and more an accomplished family drama with a climate-crisis setting . . . Boyle doesn't offer his own clear answer. Maybe he doesn't need to. At this stage of the climate game, it shouldn't take much prodding to convince us that there's plenty of work to do if we don't want our own families to be forced to answer Boyle's thought problem.--Matt Bell "New York Times Book Review"
If our overpopulated and overheated planet is said to be approaching its terminus, as many nervous prognosticators believe, don't say T.C. Boyle didn't warn us... In Boyle's world, insects are the de rigueur foodie alternative, and why not? As the most abundant life form on Earth, there are plenty to go around, and, given the right culinary sleight of hand, they make a dandy, nutritious meal. But now they, too, are quietly dying off, and no one is really paying much attention. In Blue Skies, nature's slow death is humanity's blind spot.... Entertaining... He has certainly got it right. As we become more estranged from the natural world, so we are becoming strangers to ourselves, that crucial aspect of us that is enriched by a keener understanding of how the nonhuman world works.--Marc Weingarten "Los Angeles Times"
Satire has often been an important element in his work, and environmental disaster a running theme, and both are at play in this ironically titled, beautifully crafted novel.... Boyle does a brilliant job of writing about an enormous subject in utterly human terms. He draws the Cullens with all their flaws but with tender affection, too. Amid the climate apocalypse, life goes on, which is, maybe, a sign of hope.--Colette Bancroft "Tampa Bay Times"
Boyle's writing is descriptive but sparse, with surprising outbursts of hilarity . . . Blue Skies is a leisurely ramble along the edges of destruction in a world where knowledge is snatched thoughtlessly from Google and everything, no matter how silly, is marketable.--Dave Luhrssen "Shepherd Express"