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The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

A thought provoking look at the fine line between heroism and savagery from the New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle

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ISBN 9781408873687
Barcode 9781408873687
Published 23 March 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback, UK open market ed
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Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
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ISBN-13 9781408873687
ISBN-10 1408873680
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 23 March 2016
International Publication Date 7 April 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, UK open market ed
Edition UK open market ed
Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Weight 212g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Sten Stenson, Vietnam veteran and retired school principal, and his wife, Carolee, are on a cruise in Costa Rica when their coach excursion is hijacked. Sten's military training overtakes him and within moments one of the attackers lies dead. The rest flee and Sten finds himself hailed a hero by the tour group and everyone back home. Meanwhile, in the redwood forests north of San Francisco, Sara - a farrier who refuses to recognize the authority of the government - is arrested after failing to cooperate with police at a routine stop. A chance meeting with twenty-five-year-old Adam, Sten and Carolee's unstable son, sparks a strange but passionate relationship fuelled by a mutual hatred of the law. Adam, an angry and misunderstood outsider, perennially dressed in camouflage and with his head shaved to the bone, has an unhealthy obsession with nineteenth-century mountain man John Colter. As Adam's views and behaviour become steadily more extreme, he descends into a spiral of fanatical violence that is impossible for his family or Sara to halt. The latest novel by internationally bestselling author T. C. Boyle, The Harder They Come is as timely as it is provocative. A deep and disturbing meditation on the roots of American gun violence, it explores the fine line between heroism and savagery, and just how far a parent can be held accountable for the actions of his child.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A sort of Frank Zappa of American letters ... Like the Beat writers before him, Boyle documents American life in the underbelly ... Boyle is incapable of writing a boring sentence Financial Times A virtuoso craftsman Annie Proulx A mesmerising storyteller Lionel Shriver Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges Barbara Kingsolver

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Author's Bio

T. C. Boyle is the New York Times bestselling author of ten collections of stories and fourteen novels, most recently, San Miguel, followed by the second volume of his collected stories, T. C. Boyle Stories II. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and won a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in California.

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