Riven Rock

Riven Rock

Book - 1998
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In Riven Rock, his most fully realized and compassionate novel to date, T.C. Boyle transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic creations whose tortured love and epic story is intimate enough to break our hearts. These unforgettable characters invite the reader's care as never before in a Boyle novel. With the scope of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime, Riven Rock uses real American subjects to come to terms with love and loss in the early years of our century. Boyle anchors his tale with the remarkable and courageous Katherine Dexter. Wed to Stanley McCormick - thirty-one-year-old son of the millionaire inventor of the Reaper, and a schizophrenic sexual maniac - Katherine struggles to cure him while he is locked up in his Santa Barbara mansion and forbidden the mere sight of a women - above all, his wife. Throughout her career as a scisntist ad suffragette, her faith never wavers: one day, one of the psychiatrists she finds for her husband will, she insists, return him to her, free of demons, a yearned-for lover. "Still America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek), Boyle weaves his hallmark virtuoso prose onto a recreation of America's age of innocence against a backdrop of wealth and privilege. And at the center of Riven Rock are its people, somehow bound together in thier deep sense of fidelity to each other.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
ISBN: 9780670878819
Branch Call Number: BOYL
Characteristics: 466p. 24cm.


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Oct 23, 2016

TC Boyle is truly one of the best writers around. His characters are well fleshed and the story is absorbing. The writing flows well in a sophisticated and entertaining manner. His relating of the care of a psychotic, rich son of a powerful historic figure that is married to a very unique woman is very riveting.

Sep 26, 2012

Fascinating account of how mental illness was seen and treated in the last century, from a very personal viewpoint. The female protagonist is in love with a schizophrenic, only she has no concept of what that is. With Boyle's novels, I find myself being reeled in like a fish on a line, becoming fascinated with his characters, and inordinately curious about what befalls them.


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