"The Fugitive" by T. Coraghessan Boyle Originally published in the July 4, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
Just a few days ago one of the commenters on Karen Russell’s “The Bog Girl” disparaged that story by saying: “We’re in T.C. Boyle territory here, where the characters exist to show how clever the writer is.” Well, that’s just asking for it! So here we are with another story from the acclaimed and sometimes maligned T.C. Boyle.
Personally, on average I quite like Boyle’s stories. That said, I think I stick to something I said on here when I finished his story “The Night of the Satellie”: “I’m always interested while reading a T.C. Boyle story but uninterested when I finish it.” I hope this one bucks that trend!
I’ll be leaving my comments on the story itself below as soon as I’ve finished it. We’d all love to hear your thoughts, pro or con, so leave a comment below!