East is East

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A&C Black, 2004 - 364 pages
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Trained in the way of the Samurai, dreaming of the City of Brotherly Love, Hiro Tanaka impetuously jumps ship off the coast of Georgia - only to wash up on a barrier island populated by rednecks, descendants of black slaves, and a colony of crazed artists. Terrifying one islander - literally - to death, and fleeing not only from the Immigration Agents but also an elderly lady convinced he is Seiji Ozawa, Tanaka is unwittingly caught up in a hilarious and irretievably complicated spider's web of misunderstandings. His sole refuge on the island, the manipulative and ambiguous novelist Ruth Dershowitz, only draws him in ever deeper…
 

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

Those of you who have read T.C. Boyle before will know what I mean when I say that East is East is typical Boyle (at least of what I've read of his works thus far): his characters are vivid and mostly ... Read full review

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User Review  - AdriaFaye - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I definitely like how it flipped back and forth between the different characters, getting all of their perspectives. The ending was definitely sad though. Read full review

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Contents

Tupelo Island
1
Small Matters
3
The Tokacbimaru
11
Thanatopsis House
22
Hog Hammock
35
The Squarest People in the World
53
Queen Bee
63
Fea Purē
84
The Okefenokee
199
Everybodys Secret
201
Four Walls
216
The Whiteness of the Fish
234
A Jungle
246
Wherethe Earth Trembles
265
Tender Sproats
287
Cheap Thrills
302

Behind a Wall of Glass
100
Rusu
118
The Other Half
130
Still at Large
149
Parfait in Chrome
170
The Dogs Are Barking WoofWoof
184
The Power of the Human Voice
318
Haha
333
Port of Savannah
343
Juournalism
345
The City of Brotherly Love
360
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T. C. Boyle was born Thomas John Boyle in Peekskill, New York on December 2, 1948. He received a B.A. in English and history from SUNY Potsdam in 1968, a MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree in nineteenth century British literature from the University of Iowa in 1977. He has been a member of the English department at the University of Southern California since 1978. He has written over 20 books including After the Plague, Drop City, The Inner Circle, Tooth and Claw, The Human Fly, Talk Talk, The Women, Wild Child, and When the Killing's Done. He has received numerous awards including the PEN/Faulkner Award for best novel of the year for World's End; the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story for T. C. Boyle Stories; and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France for The Tortilla Curtain. His title's Sam Miguel and The Harder They Caome made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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