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Blue skies : a novel / T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Summary:

Denied a dog, a baby, and even a faithful fiancé, Cat suddenly craves a snake: a glistening, writhing creature that can be worn like “jewelry, living jewelry” to match her black jeans. But when the budding social media star promptly loses the young “Burmie” she buys from a local pet store, she inadvertently sets in motion a chain of increasingly dire and outrageous events that comes to threaten her very survival. Blue Skies follows in the tradition of T. C. Boyle's finest novels, combining high-octane plotting with mordant wit and shrewd social commentary. Here Boyle, one of the most inventive voices in contemporary fiction, transports us to water-logged and heat-ravaged coastal America, where Cat and her hapless, nature-loving family--including her eco-warrior parents, Ottilie and Frank; her brother, Cooper, an entomologist; and her frat-boy-turned-husband, Todd--are struggling to adapt to the “new normal,” in which once-in-a-lifetime natural disasters happen once a week and drinking seems to be the only way to cope.But there's more than meets the eye to this compulsive family drama. Lurking beneath the banal façade of twenty-first-century Californians and Floridians attempting to preserve normalcy in the face of violent weather perturbations is a caricature of materialist American society that doubles as a prophetic warning about our planet's future. From pet bees and cricket-dependent diets to massive species die-off and pummeling hurricanes, Blue Skies deftly explores the often volatile relationships between humans and their habitats, in which “the only truism seems to be that things always get worse.”-- Dust jacket cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781324093022
  • ISBN: 1324093021
  • Physical Description: 367 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, [2023]
Subject: Pythons as pets > Fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Internet personalities > Fiction.
Social media and society > Fiction.
Climatic changes > Fiction.
Weather > Fiction.
Genre: Survival fiction.
Satirical literature.
Ecofiction.
Novels.

Available copies

  • 11 of 12 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.

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  • 0 current holds with 12 total copies.
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North Kansas City Public Library FICTION BOYLE 2023 (Text) 0001012513497 Fiction Available -


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