My Torrid Love Affair…

… with T. C. Boyle continues — although his most recent book is not my favorite.

I first linked up with Boyle as a high school student when I found Budding Prospects, then World’s End. I was reading East Is East as a college student, when my boyfriend was driving through rural Nevada, and somehow took a wrong turn. All you’re doing is just reading over there! he said. Many years later, I read the lovely San Miguel. Here I am, all those pages and years later, still reading Boyle in bed.

I do feel that literature should be demystified. What I object to is what is happening in our era: literature is only something you get at school as an assignment. No one reads for fun, or to be subversive or to get turned on to something.

— T. C. Boyle

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By Brett Ann Stanciu

Brett Ann Stanciu lives with her two daughters in Hardwick, Vermont. Her creative nonfiction book, Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal, will be published by Steerforth Press in September 2021. Her novel about rural life in Vermont, Hidden View, was published in 2015.

5 comments

  1. I have authors like that too. Have only read Drop City by Boyle. Will look for recommendations from you when I see you Friday! Meanwhile, time to go put on the snow boots. Grrr.

  2. Similar love of all books and poems by Sherman Alexie. Boyle would be proud of your bedtime love affair with literature. It is so much more than a school chore for you-it is part of your vitality.

  3. I’m a huge Boyle fan, too. Totally in awe of the way he maintains pacing… there’s so much forward-pulling energy in his work, and it never seems to flag.

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