James Finney Boylan *
Born in 1958. Brief academic details and his e-mail address
can be found at his own Web Page. He'll
be a visiting professor next year at University College Cork,
(At the moment, I give the titles, year of publication, publisher, ISBN
where I have it, and the blurb that appears on that edition.)
- Remind Me to Murder You Later (Johns Hopkins University Press
[ISBN: 0 8018 3728 6])
- A collection of twenty short stories; "the book contains
authentic juvenalia written from 1982-87".
- As I Lay Married (forthcoming, some time after September 1998)
- The Planets (1991, Bloomsbury. [ISBN 0 7475 0961 1])
- "When lovesick Edith Schmertz takes an ill-fated leap out of an
aeroplane on Easter Sunday, she sets in motion an inexorable chain of
events, sending many human orbits spinning wildly out of control. A
middle-aged bank president seeks temporary escape from a stifling marriage
with a professional mime artist, part-time nudist, and office temp who
strips away all externals in her search for pure truth. A little girl's
birthday explodes into chaos when a pet rabbit crashes through her bedroom
window; an entire family is kidnapped by a burro-riding hardware-stor
robber; and a modern-day Pluto finds his Persephone.
"All of these characters are obsessed with human freedom -- sexual,
personal, psychological -- and this rollicking journey through the solar
system becomes an inward voyage to the centre of the human heart."
- The Constellations (1995, Bloomsbury. [ISBN 0 7475 2119 0])
- The long-awaited sequel to The
- "In Centralia, Pennsylvania, smoking and aflame since 1962
because of its inextinguishable underground mine fire, an unlikely group
of local citizens embark on a bizarre odyssey which involves a tattoo
parlour, a sculpted human brain, a decaying dog, and a cement mixer. An
outrageously funny, intricately constructed novel of peculiar events and
coincidences, The Constellations is an unforgettable tour of the
comic and cosmic galaxies."
"Pat felt as though someone were holding his heart in a fist, slowly
squeezing down on it with enormous fat fingers. It's inconceivable, he
thought. Women really can't imagine the magnitude of love that men have
for them. Our whole lives are spent like this, floating on the merciless
clouds of our desire."
- Getting IN (forthcoming: September 1998, Time/Warner)
*Thanks to James Finney Boylan for some of the
information on this page.