San Miguel

Staff Review

Staff Pick

Original
Karthik
HPB Staff

San Miguel

by Boyle, T. C.
Our greatest storyteller weaves a tale of families who inhabit San Miguel Island

T. Corraghessan Boyle is a hard-working, extremely productive American author, living and teaching in Southern California, who produces new and original work to the tune of a novel and a few short stories every year. A master of the short form, his stories have thrilled and entertained in the pages of The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy and elsewhere in the latter half of the 20th century and dawn of the 21st. His work ethic is stunning and the quality of the work, arguably peerless. Boyle has a history of taking places, sitting in them, researching them and weaving an original tale. I am reminded of "East is East" in that way when thinking about how to talk about "San Miguel." It's the story of families who inhabit a cold, barren rock off the coast of Southern California, but in Boyle's hands it is the epic tale of the settler's struggle set against the timeless struggle faced by families everywhere. No male American writer that I have read recently so faithfully renders the standpoint of women. Boyle's clean narrative style and well-worked structure flows fast and clear. These families are open to us by his deft hand. I am reminded of Kawabata for the elegance here. Highly recommended.

 
×

The brilliant and acclaimed New York Times bestseller from the author ofThe Women and When the Killing's DoneJust off the coast of Southern California, two families one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s come to desolate, windswept San Miguel Island in search of self-reliance, freedom, and a new start in their lives. Both Marantha Waters and Elise Lester strive to help their war veteran husbands pursue their dreams but must themselves grapple with the more nebulous hardships of raising a family in brutal isolation. Boyle 'skillfully captures that tension-filled quietude (The New Times Book Review) in this lyrical, intimate, and unforgettable novel.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Kansas City
  • Seller rating:
  • Language: --
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780147509758
  • ISBN: 0147509750
  • Publication Year: 2013


Loading...
Loading marketplace...
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
×