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Greasy Lake and Other Stories (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – May 6, 1986
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As he portrays environmentalists, surrogate mothers and drug dealers, "Boyle proves himself in this second story collection truly a master of that genre. Wide-ranging in subject and variously comic, tragic, poignant and horrific, the stories are all compounds of imagination, vitality and scrupulous craft," judged PW.
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"Satirical fables of contemporary life, so funny and acutely observed that they might have been written by Evelyn Waugh as sketches for...'Saturday Night Live.' ...Indeed, the best of his stories not only make the reader see; they make the reader hear and smell and feel." --The New York Times
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"There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste. We were all dangerous characters then." These opening lines from the first story "Greasy Lake" could describe most all of the zany, complex characters who color these fifteen stories. A quick, entertaining read.
most people were probably introduced to Boyle in high school English with the title story, "Greasy Lake," and if, like my entire class, that was your favorite story all year long, you won't be disapointed. these other stories are just as accessible, bleak and funny in the coen-brothers way that only Boyle delivers.