Daily Dose Pick: T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child


Boundary-pushing author T.C. Boyle’s latest short-story collection offers a strong combination of varied genres and literary inquiries.

Though the 14 selected pieces in Wild Child and Other Stories have little to do with one another — apart from all sharing Boyle’s interrogative imagination — the book’s overall effect is like looking at a subtly distorted mirror. Stories range from the title piece’s un-sentimentalized retelling of the tale of a feral boy found in late 18th-century France to a Borges-worthy look at practical existentialism in “Sin Dolor” and the teardown of typical pet/owner relationships in “Thirteen Hundred Rats.”

Find out what Boyle had to say in our exclusive interview, check out his website, read the LA Times‘ review of Wild Child, and buy a copy of the book