"Fans of satirical fiction will love this . . . impeccably researched and unflinchingly intelligent."- National Post
"Boyko's style takes some getting used to in these days of sparseness and minimalism, but then it all makes sense."- Los Angeles Review of Books
Novelists: the soul of an age, certainly. Brilliant? Perhaps. Yet aren't they also doddering, petulant, pedantic, knockkneed, skittish, and thunderingly insecure-resentful, awkward, annoying-demanding, deluded, and vexingly indifferent to reality? New from short fiction devotée C.P. Boyko, Novelists is a comedy of manners (and manuscripts), rivaling Vanity Fair for its satirical wit . . . though not, mercifully, for its length.
About the author
C. P. Boyko lives and writes in Vancouver, BC.
"Mirthful, sly and intermittently caustic." - Vancouver Sun
"Rich, funny ... widely admired." - Georgia Straight
"The Vancouver writer's third collection, as you might surmise, is about novelists, though sometimes peripherally. Indeed, one of these novelists speaks his novels rather than writes them; another story deals with two writers, both unsuccessful in different ways; another involves a writer who runs over an old woman." - Toronto Star
"Laughter is Boyko's preferredmethod in Novelists : He examines the pomposity and naked insecurities of his titular breed through humour, much of it painfully ironic. And Boyko's humour is inseparable from pain ... a highly amusing riposte to the culture of literary awards, eviscerating the petty politicking, log-rolling and absurdity that can result from jockeying for recognition." - National Post
"These stories are funny and sardonic, satirical, well-written, and keen ... [Boyko's] characters are larger-than-life, very funny, but more authentic than they first seem ... we'll enjoy laughing at them, and laugh at ourselves at the same time." - San Francisco Book Review