The two protagonists, Dana and Bridger, were thrust into a horrible situation when Dana s identity was stolen, but the pair really didn t handle the problem realistically or well, which was aggravating to read Bridger phoning the identity thief and using his own personal cell to do it, no less never seemed like a good idea to me On top of this, the antagonist, about whom every other chapter is devoted, is so unrepentantly evil absolutely no ambiguity there that I found him just painfully The two protagonists, Dana and Bridger, were thrust into a horrible situation when Dana s identity was stolen, but the pair really didn t handle the problem realistically or well, which was aggravating to read Bridger phoning the identity thief and using his own personal cell to do it, no less never seemed like a good idea to me On top of this, the antagonist, about whom every other chapter is devoted, is so unrepentantly evil absolutely no ambiguity there that I found him just painfully unpleasant to read And what a disappointment of an ending On so many levels The plot initially drew me in, but I still found it a slow, frustrating, unexpectedly boring read For me, the chase became tedious very quickly If I wasn t so averse to leaving books unfinished, this would have been returned to the library a lot sooner than it was Does T.C Boyle ever write a book that isn t simply superb Unputdownable story of a stolen identity and a mismatched couple with strong undercurrents seething underneath their relationship which the oddball turn of events will soon force to the surface.As to the fact that one of the protagonists is deaf I think the characterization of Dana is so strong, that I m not sure it really is about her deafness, really I mean, there are moments when one appreciates her otherness for me, as Does T.C Boyle ever write a book that isn t simply superb Unputdownable story of a stolen identity and a mismatched couple with strong undercurrents seething underneath their relationship which the oddball turn of events will soon force to the surface.As to the fact that one of the protagonists is deaf I think the characterization of Dana is so strong, that I m not sure it really is about her deafness, really I mean, there are moments when one appreciates her otherness for me, as a hearer such as the fact that you cannot tell how far an assailant is behind you if you cannot hear him but, on the whole, Boyle seemsinterested in exploring her motives and strength of character rather than her physical differences.Most of Boyle s books the ones I have read, anyway have a major protagonist, with the others playing lesser roles but this book reminds meof Tortilla Curtain, where the narrative flicks about between other roles Of course, here, rather neatly, the identity Dana Halter is the same in both cases.Oh, and this book is also to be recommended if you need some tips on preparing light Italian meals for serving with a fine predominantly white wine I love TC Boyle, love his richly described worlds, his conflict ridden rollercoaster plots This one was definitely worth the headlong plunge, a deaf woman who becomes victim of an identity theft, and the ensuing alternation between her story and that of her lover, a special effects artist who becomes deeply involved in the pursuit of the culprit, and the sociopathic identity thief, another one of Boyle s wonderful narcissist rageaholic antagonists However, it wasn t a perfect book, in that it I love TC Boyle, love his richly described worlds, his conflict ridden rollercoaster plots This one was definitely worth the headlong plunge, a deaf woman who becomes victim of an identity theft, and the ensuing alternation between her story and that of her lover, a special effects artist who becomes deeply involved in the pursuit of the culprit, and the sociopathic identity thief, another one of Boyle s wonderful narcissist rageaholic antagonists However, it wasn t a perfect book, in that it lacked that one element considering the implications of the issues it raised I would have liked to really thinkabout identity not just a paragraph, but to drop the floor down one storey and really consider the issue Ditto that of the deaf, and their identity and who am I if I could just get an operation and suddenly be a hearing person It s a big issue in the deaf community, but it was only touched upon The pace of the novel, the headlong rush of it, is thus a good thing kept me in there turning pages with tremendous gusto but ultimately left me dissatisfied, the import of issues he raised not fully unpacked It could ahve been both a great read and a deeper philosophic psychological point of entry but instead it was only a great read Well, not so bad a criticism Working my way through his oeuvre On to The Women I barely broke through the endless number of the pages of this book Must admit, I skipped the most of the paragraphs of the last hundred something pages Full of unnecessary details, like how did a waitress looked at her, what he is cooking today, what did they ate, drink or spot through the car window And none of that didn t get us closer to the protagonists or the antagonist They remained distanced, closed, boring and uninteresting The title of this book should be Don t talk, don t talk I barely broke through the endless number of the pages of this book Must admit, I skipped the most of the paragraphs of the last hundred something pages Full of unnecessary details, like how did a waitress looked at her, what he is cooking today, what did they ate, drink or spot through the car window And none of that didn t get us closer to the protagonists or the antagonist They remained distanced, closed, boring and uninteresting The title of this book should be Don t talk, don t talk or Boring, boring i really like the cover of this book the perfect white teeth, no ridges on the edges, the beautiful red lip it has nothing to do with the book the image i mean or the title the title has nothing to do with the book either and you know what it s a real shame, because i don t know how many good novels there are that depict the deaf experience but, me, i haven t come across any other than this, and t.c boyle is a great writer who can write intelligently about all sorts of things, but on th i really like the cover of this book the perfect white teeth, no ridges on the edges, the beautiful red lip it has nothing to do with the book the image i mean or the title the title has nothing to do with the book either and you know what it s a real shame, because i don t know how many good novels there are that depict the deaf experience but, me, i haven t come across any other than this, and t.c boyle is a great writer who can write intelligently about all sorts of things, but on this one, on the deaf experience, i think he dropped the ball to be true, you get a little of it but i m not sure you get a whole lotthan you could get on your own, thanks to your powers of observations and your deductive skills alone, and i m pretty sure there IS a lotto get so yank a couple of stars for this.i love the way this guy writes i have just read Lush Life and i am surprised by how similar the writing styles of boyle and price are they both write in this breezy, fast, funny, inventive, sardonic, marvelous, unpretentious, gently abrasive style people pissed at each other but the writer solidly on the side of the good guys, a solid heart on his sleeve, compassion, kindness also, both books not missing a chance to jab at the bush regime, the terrible inconvenience of those terrible 8 years and a passion, which i m reproducing in this paragraph, for the main clause followed by lots of verb less or ing little secondary clauses it reads like cinnamon butter, if you like cinnamon butter it drinks like chilled wine, which boyle must like a lot because it s all over this book, and even though i m not a wine person i found myself really craving some cold bardolino is bardolino white or red on a weathered tempered wooden deck on a summer day in a green fake natural canyon in los angeles.also, i laughed quite a bit i mostly laughed at the righteous anger of peck wilson, a violent, impulsive, irrational loser crook who sleeps with the clear conscience of a newborn baby and thinks the world owes him big time peck is entirely unlikable, but every single description of him is eminently enjoyable, and i think this is no small feat, at least in my book i detest reading about unlikable characters.and i laughed at all the slapstick, people getting hurt see, i m doing it again main clause ing secondary clauses , banging into each other, crashing against windshields, chasing one another into cul de sacs, slamming on the pavement, getting hurt and, given the fact that i know that boyle has a boatload of kids whom he very much likes, i liked the venom against that monstrous annoyance that are kids, screaming kids, hungry kids, full bladdered kids.okay, so this is one thing you need to know, whether you read this book or not do not stare at deaf people do not make faces at them friendly faces don t disabled people are as tired of over friendliness as they are of abuse i think this book claims and it makes sense to me i say this because i am this very friendly person who is endlessly fascinated by people and, ALSO, very fascinated by people who speak in Sign and i love to stare at them you see, i hope they ll stare back and then i ll be able to smile maybe join hopefully join wouldn t that be a dream to be part of a deaf conversation, even though i don t know Sign and have never made the slightest effort to learn it well, NO memo to self the deaf are not around to entertain me they are talking to each other they are having a conversation you don t intrude into other people s conversations because they look interesting remember all the times people come up to you because you have an italian accent, love the sound of it, want to talk to you it s the same, except worse don t forget Ugh I hate to give a book 2 stars but here we are Read this for book club and definitely not something I would normally choose It was interesting to read a book from the perspective of a deaf character, which I never have read before It taught me a lot about the diversity of language and I loved that Generally I thought it was super slow and dense and the exciting parts were sooooo boring still Wouldn t recommend, but would recommend reading a book from a diverse perspective as that was the Ugh I hate to give a book 2 stars but here we are Read this for book club and definitely not something I would normally choose It was interesting to read a book from the perspective of a deaf character, which I never have read before It taught me a lot about the diversity of language and I loved that Generally I thought it was super slow and dense and the exciting parts were sooooo boring still Wouldn t recommend, but would recommend reading a book from a diverse perspective as that was the most interesting part of the book The title refers to the habit deaf people have of vocalising often unconsciously, since they cannot hear themselves doing it while signing They are communicating in two ways at once, hence Talk Talk.The heroine of this book, Dana Halter, is deaf Her identity is stolen by one William Peck Wilson, resulting in great trauma for her when she is pulled over for a minor traffic violation Wilson has a string of violations under the name Dana Halter and she is arrested, remanded in custody, The title refers to the habit deaf people have of vocalising often unconsciously, since they cannot hear themselves doing it while signing They are communicating in two ways at once, hence Talk Talk.The heroine of this book, Dana Halter, is deaf Her identity is stolen by one William Peck Wilson, resulting in great trauma for her when she is pulled over for a minor traffic violation Wilson has a string of violations under the name Dana Halter and she is arrested, remanded in custody, and only released with great difficulty She is looked on with some suspicion by the hearing because of the way she speaks She is also blamed by the hearing principal of the college where she works, Dr Koch, for missing classes and being late marking papers, this despite the fact that none of it is her fault When he makes his displeasure clear she tells him where to get off and, as a result, her contract is terminated She is very angry and decides to track down the ID thief, whose mug shot she has seen thanks to the police.Her boyfriend, Bridger Martin, does his best to help, as a result of which he nearly loses his job and is violently attacked by Wilson when they finally catch up with him The damage to his throat is serious.The narrative is mostly chronological, save for points where they story having been told from Dana Bridger s viewpoint, it is told again from Wilson s or vice versa It is therefore easy to follow and, since it involves Dana Bridger pursuing Wilson, it becomes to an extent a novel of the road The mechanics of ID theft are well handled and the story is convincing.The main interest lies in character Dana has a marked stubborn streak and there are indications this is a result of being a deaf person in a hearing world Bridger tries hard to help her, but she often blames him for things which aren t his fault and despite the physical trauma he undergoes is effectively abandoned by Dana as she goes in search of a new job She has to do this, of course, but she doesn t seem any too concerned about leaving him As the book suggests at a couple of points, relationships between deaf and hearing people rarely last.Most interesting is the character of Wilson, who tried to make a go of it on the straight as a cook but gave up for reasons including being cheated on by his wife, Gina He might have handled this better but for their daughter, of whom he is very fond His descent begins when he attacks his wife s boyfriend and ends up in jail, where he meets Sandman, the person who teaches him the ropes of ID theft Why work for it when you can get it for nothing on other people s plastic His relationships with his new partner, Natalia, and her irritating daughter Madison are well portrayed, as is his genuine interest in cooking quality food But the fact that his victims Dana and Bridger succeed in tracking him down unnerves him greatly, causing him to behave irrationally and turn his violence on his victims The book ends when he attacks Dana on a railway platform and she asks him what he wants He realises he doesn t know and walks away Dana makes no attempt to pursue him, which amazes Bridger, who has undergone serious surgery on her behalf in their attempt to track him down and subject him to the judicial system.Wherever the scene is, Boyle makes you feel you are there After hearing Stephen Colbert read Boyle s short story The Lie on NPR s program Selected Shorts I decided to followof Boyle s work I liked Talk Talk because the characters were easily relatable They re real They remind me of people I know, or could know, and I even got annoyed with them as I could with any good friend But I still liked them, even when I didn t like how they behaved Even the antagonist stuck to the gray areas and while I never really rooted for him, it was often hard After hearing Stephen Colbert read Boyle s short story The Lie on NPR s program Selected Shorts I decided to followof Boyle s work I liked Talk Talk because the characters were easily relatable They re real They remind me of people I know, or could know, and I even got annoyed with them as I could with any good friend But I still liked them, even when I didn t like how they behaved Even the antagonist stuck to the gray areas and while I never really rooted for him, it was often hard not to understand some of his actions He was human, after all, not the monster any stranger in his shoes would be made out to be.I can t decide whether or not I liked the ending I wasn t necessarily expecting a happy Disney worthy ending, but I would have liked there to be an ending Instead what I got was the absence of a definitive end My protagonist gave up, in every sense of the word The ending was sad, and because of this, I am not quite satisfied I don t need the fairytale ending, and I didn t expect one in a book where anything could easily happen in real life exactly like it did in the book But if I m not getting a fairytale ending, I would at least like to feel like my characters still had hope In a novel that is at once a thrilling road trip across America and a moving tale about love, language, and who we are, the bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City offers a timely story about a woman in desperate pursuit of a man who has stolen her identity The chase scene as plot structure can be an exhausting thing The chaos, the misunderstandings, the almosts, and coincidences It can all decompose into a sloppy, cartoonish stink Racing to finish the book instead of reading and enjoying the tension and feeling the characters burdens Typically, I consider this the lazy writing of an author with a to do list a wacky hijinks quota Talk Talk by TC Boyle is a welcome exception It opens with Dana Hartley, a deaf woman who is late for a de The chase scene as plot structure can be an exhausting thing The chaos, the misunderstandings, the almosts, and coincidences It can all decompose into a sloppy, cartoonish stink Racing to finish the book instead of reading and enjoying the tension and feeling the characters burdens Typically, I consider this the lazy writing of an author with a to do list a wacky hijinks quota Talk Talk by TC Boyle is a welcome exception It opens with Dana Hartley, a deaf woman who is late for a dentist appointment She gets pulled over by a cop after a tap n go at a stop sign, and is arrested for a litany of crimes bad checks, auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon After a weekend in county that forever changes her opinion of the common drunk, she learns that her identity has been stolen The police have no plans to help her It s not a bloody crime, but it is a waste of resources Dana and her boyfriend, a slightly younger computer graphics guy, try to hunt down the thief.The thief is a man living as Dana Hartley in a posh home with a beautiful shopoholic and her young daughter This version of Dana Hartley is a well dressed foodie with a thing for nice cars He quickly realizes that he is being hunted He acts fast, quickly adopting the identity of Bridger Martin and moving across country with his suspicious, albeit pliant girlfriend and daughter While this has all the coincidences and accidents and misunderstandings of all chase scene as plot structure stories, the added element of the original Dana s deafness adds a level of isolation that the character doesn t seem conscious of she s a toughie, and has been schooled in maintaining her independence but for the reader feels heavy and tough Whenever she goes head to head with the police, it requirestime and effort One time, another character calls her a crazy woman and says that she is mentally retarded, which puts the heat on her to prove her innocence, and once again, the thief escapes.Other interesting plot notes The thief is indignant that these people would dare hunt him down, which is a nice and honest personality play and Dana and Bridger are on this hunt early enough into the relationship that Bridger s parents don t even know he has a girlfriend Their familiarity level still has that new car smell, and this is an unexpected bath of Drakar The ending is hit or miss, and I imagine could ruin the book for some I m not going to blow sunshine and say this is the greatest book of all time It s a fun little read by a good writer that surpasses in quality a lot of other good little reads by good writers