2003 National Book Award Finalist: Fiction

T. C. Boyle




About the Book

Under the influence of the hippie spirit that spilled over from the late 1960s, Norm Sender decided to open the doors to his Sonoma County ranch to any idealistic vagrant interested in being part of his community. The group of open-minded free-lovers and drug-abusers soon come to be known as "Drop City," but beneath the nonchalant veneer characterizing the group lurk the same selfish impulses against which the group set out to define themselves. As run-ins with the law and interpersonal strife threaten to break up the group, Norm proposes that Drop City relocate to rural Alaska as a way to cement its earthy aspirations. Despite good intentions, Alaska's harsh conditions and unsympathetic locals threaten the communal goodwill the group was attempting to recapture.

About the Author

T.C. Boyle is the author of eight previous novels and six collections of stories. His work has appeared in many major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, and The Atlantic Monthly. Mr. Boyle received his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his Ph.D. in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977. Since 1986, he has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California, where he teaches creative writing. Mr. Boyle lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and their three children.

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Selected Backlist

After the Plague
Budding Prospects; A Pastoral
A Friend of the Earth
If the River Was Whiskey: Stories
Riven Rock
The Road to Wellville
The Tortilla Curtain
Water Music

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