Short stories by T.C. Boyle

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of thirty books of fiction, including, most recently, The Harder They Come (2015), The Terranauts (2016), The Relive Box (2017), Outside Looking In(2019), Talk To Me (2021) and I Walk Between the Raindrops (2022).  He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is Distinguished Professor of English.  His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Farsi, Croatian, Turkish, Albanian, Vietnamese, Serbian and Slovene.  His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's,Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney's, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prise for best novel of the year (World's End, 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T.C. Boyle Stories, 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (The Tortilla Curtain, 1997). He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

Listing 17 stories.

When the Great Recession leaves a depressed college graduate without a promising job, she finds herself walking a quarter-million-dollar clone of the dog she used to take care of.

A man from a future overrun by genetic modification struggles in vain to keep unregulated technology out of his neighborhood and marriage.

Thirteen-year-old Angelle gets into a car accident when her drunken father begs her to drive home in his stead. Later, she must take the witness stand in court and decide her family's future with her testimony.

Fresh out of rehab, a recovering addict goes to live with his brother in Detroit who he hasn't seen in six years. He begins working at his brother's obstetrical clinic, where he encounters pro-life protesters that will stop at nothing to get what they want.

While on a cruise, a retired man and his wife, along with a group of older tourist, take a bus in the scorching heat to go on a nature walk for a day trip. When they get to their destination, the tourists get held up at gun point and robbed, but the man’s ex-Marine training kicks in and he retaliates.

When a day hike for people 60 and older has to turn back midway through their hike in Sequoia National Forrest, the hiking leader finds himself at the base of the trail without his wife and without his former friend, both of whom had accompanied him on the trail. With the company of an over-eager widow, the man finds himself contacting search and rescue and waiting to see what morning will bring.

In this tragic romance, an American woman and a Shetland man fall in a deep and impassioned love after his cat flies into her in a wind storm.

When a middle-aged lawyer seeks a new apartment in southeastern France, he makes a deal with the current tenant, hoping she won’t live much longer. As the years go by, however, it seems like the old lady might live forever.

An esteemed chimpanzee expert retires in her Connecticut hometown with an ape who was raised as a human.

An elderly widower falls prey to a targeted banking scam by a pair of English con artists.