New Fiction: The Terranauts – T.C. Boyle

Boyle’s 16th novel arrives with three starred reviews and a preview from Esquire calling it “[A] preapocalyptic tale from a master of maximalism.” Based on the true story of the Biosphere 2 experiment in the late 1980s, this comic novel feels a little like Jane Austen by way of Survivor. While keeping the tone satirical, the themes are weightier and, as always, Boyle is a master at examining human ambition, hubris and self-delusion.

It’s an Indie Next pick and coverage is set for the Washington Post, NYTBR, Wired, and the AP—with much more to come.  

[A] sprawling tale of achievement, yearning, pride, and human weakness….[T]he two-year mission exposes the fragility of interpersonal relationships and tests the limits of the human body. In a multilayered work that recalls the tragicomic realism of Saul Bellow and John Updike, Boyle observes his characters with scientific rigor and a good deal of genuine empathy…”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A virtuoso storyteller and a connoisseur of hubris, Boyle mesmerizes and provokes…Boyle is a literary star, and an all-points publicity campaign and author tour will launch this shrewd and irresistible novel of ambition and folly.”
Booklist (starred review)

“This is one of Boyle’s best-and quite possibly one of the best of the year.”
Library Journal (starred review)

The Terranauts (9780062349408) by T.C. Boyle. $26.99 hardcover. 10/25/16 on sale.

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