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A man falls from a roof whilst spying on his on his beautiful widowed neighbour. A newly married couple seeking enlightenment take a three year vow silence and move to a yurt in Arizona desert. A handsome young man works in real-estate by day, but has a far more sinister profession by night. Giant men are kept in cages to ensure their nightly service to their country. A man develops an unhealthy interest in his recently deceased reclusive rock-star neighbour. And on Christmas day at the San Francisco Zoo a terrible and tragic event occurs.

These stories explore the mundane, the devastating, the figurative and the implausible in an enthralling collection.

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This vast volume contains some of the best, funniest, bleakest, most unsettling short stories I've ever read ... Incredibly good - a book to savour ( The Times)

Complicated characters, like twists, are among the orthodox pleasures on offer here ... You don't feel cheated, reading Boyle - while the head knows there's manipulation and artifice, the heart thumps ( Observer)

An important book that contains revelation, tension and beauty (Philip Womack Daily Telegraph)

Boyle has a talent for describing events we may never experience with an arresting matter-of-factness. There is a thrill to this, and to not knowing where he will take us next (Chris Power Guardian)

His stories reveal truths about modern life while still feeling beautifully invented ( New York Times)

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The second volume of collected short fiction from American master T.C. Boyle, including his previous three collections and fourteen new stories

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