We’re excited to have T.C. Boyle back at Live Talks Los Angeles. We host Boyle at Track 16 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica on Thursday, September 27th. We last hosted him in 2011, and here’s the video. Hector Tobar reviews Boyle’s latest — his 14th novel — in the Los Angeles Times (September 16). Here are come excerpts…
San Miguel Island is a real place, the westernmost of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In Boyle’s book, it’s a patch of earth beyond the end of the western frontier, a place where the mythical western ethos makes its last stand.
“Terra incognita,” one of his characters calls it. “Terra insolita … the last scrap of land the continent had to offer, an island tossed out in the ocean like an afterthought.”
“San Miguel” tells the story of the people who lived there in the final decade of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th. They raise sheep, living an often-harsh existence amid seals, eagles and storms that sweep in from the Pacific.
…”San Miguel” is the prolific Boyle’s 14th novel. As always, he fills his pages with wonderfully precise character studies and lush descriptions of the physical landscape.
…For lovers of California literature especially, “San Miguel” will be a welcome addition to their reading lists