Tom Lutz handpicks four books a year and conducts an exclusive book club with LARB members. Books are shipped to your door in advance. The book club meeting is held on Facebook; the author joins the meeting for a day to chat with members; and all are sent an exclusive interview between Tom and the author, either by video or audio stream, and sometimes even for a live event.

For questions about Tom’s Book Club, email us at membership@lareviewofbooks.org.


 


Our Current Book Club

THE TERRANAUTS by T.C. BOYLE

“Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges.”

New York Times

The book club discussion is under way at the Tom’s Book Club Facebook group page. Tom and T.C. will be in conversation via Facebook Live on Monday, January 16 from 4pm – 5pm PST discussing the work and taking more of your questions. Please submit your comments directly on the group page or send us your questions!

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About THE TERRANAUTS

Take a deep-dive into human behavior in this epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today, T. C. BOYLE, the acclaimed, bestselling author of the PEN/ Faulkner Award–winning World’s End and The Harder They Come.

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, 40 miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the “Terranauts,” have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony.

Told through three distinct narrators — Dawn Chapman, the mission’s pretty, young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2’s sexually irrepressible wildman — The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point.

“A sprawling tale of achievement, yearning, pride, and human weakness…a multilayered work that recalls the tragicomic realism of Saul Bellow and John Updike.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Boyle is a genius at capturing social microcosms and excavating emotions simmering beneath the surface of contemporary America…A gripping and revelatory tale.”

BBC Between the Lines


About T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle has published fourteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his novel World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau award for excellence in nature writing. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.