T. C. Boyle has a new book out, Tooth and Claw. I read the title story in an anthology edited by Lorrie Moore, but I just couldn’t share Lorrie Moore’s excitement (in fact, I’d rather read Lorrie Moore). The story is about a lonely guy who adopts a large cat, not exactly tamed, with all the metaphors that implies. It was an amusing piece — but one of the best of the year? I don’t know.
Because he’s a generally well-respected writer, I’ve given T. Coraghassen Boyle a few chances over the years. I read Road To Wellville, about some wacky cereal-makers in turn-of-the-century Battle Creek. I liked the setting of the book, but the plot was wooden and artifical, and the story finally clip-clopped to a stop without an epiphany.
I also caught Boyle at a Central Park Summerstage reading a long while ago, in the late 80’s or early 90’s. He read his Springsteen-inspired story “Greasy Lake”, which was pretty much the story that made him famous. I thought it was okay, but Springsteen told it better.
Are there any T. C. Boyle advocates out there, and is anybody reading his new book? I’m curious what others think of this author.