The Women

The Women

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In a rural backwater in Wisconsin lies the rambling estate of Taliesin. Here, tempestuous affairs rage behind closed doors, broken hearts are tossed aside and fires have ripped through the wings of the house. Paparazzi lie in wait outside the front door, hounding for the latest scandal, the latest tragedy in this never-ending drama. For this is the home of the great architect of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright, a man of extremes in both his work and his private life: at once a force of nature - arrogant and infuriating - and an avalanche of need and emotion that sweeps aside everything in its path. This is the story of the wives and mistresses who fall under Frank's spell. There is the delusional Kitty, his first wife, convinced that his affair with the defiant Mamah can't possibly last. There is Miriam, his crazed, demented second wife, hell-bent on wreaking revenge most public and most vicious after the bitter demise of their marriage. And there is Oglivanna, the Serbian immigrant, who waits with Frank in constant terror for the next wave of desolation from Miriam as she stalks them at every turn, unleashing a torrent of sheriffs, immigration officials, bankers, lawyers and journalists. Sharp, savage and subtle in equal measure, The Women plumbs the chaos, horrors and uncontainable passions of a fascinating American icon.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 600g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Airport & export ed
  • 0747597839
  • 9780747597834
  • 1,773,458

About T. C Boyle

T.C. Boyle is the author of twenty works of fiction, including World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction), The Tortilla Curtain, A Friend of the Earth, Drop City (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Inner Circle, Tooth and Claw and Talk Talk. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and his stories regularly appear in major American magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, the Paris Review and McSweeney's. He lives in the George C. Stewart house, the first of Frank Lloyd Wright's California designs, with his wife and three children.show more

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'Boyle is a master of structure, his stories beautifully engineered machines which he spray-paints with graffiti' Independent 'Boyle is one of the most intelligent and well-respected writers of his generation, continually flexing a literary muscle most writers don't even know they have' The Times 'No-one better than TC Boyle can hoover a sentence out of the gods' imaginations, and set it in glitter on the page ' Scotsman 'Boyle is a gifted and empathic satirist, the finest craftsman masked as a pop-literary author current American fiction has. He's a writer unafraid of the grand gesture' Bret Easton Ellisshow more

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4 38% (3,429)
3 32% (2,946)
2 10% (944)
1 4% (336)
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