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Feb 27, 2001
| ISBN 9780375705113
Jan 26, 2011
| ISBN 9780307785138
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Feb 27, 2001 | ISBN 9780375705113
Jan 26, 2011 | ISBN 9780307785138
Wiliam Boyd, winner of the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards, introduces unlikely heroes desperate to redeem their unsatisfying lives.From California poolsides to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, here is a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their sole escape from life’s inequities. Stranded in an African hotel during a coup, an oafish Englishman impresses a young stewardess with stories of an enchanted life completely at odds with his sordid existence in "The Coup." In the title story, an arrogant, sadistic American pilot in Vietnam underestimaets the power of revenge when he relentlessly persecutes a member of his maintenance crew. With droll humor and rare compassion, Boyd’s enthralling stories remind us of his stature as one of contemporary fiction’s finest storytellers.
WILLIAM BOYD was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the award-winning author of sixteen highly acclaimed novels and five collections of stories. He divides his time between London and France.
"Mr. Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose."?Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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