By T. C. Boyle
From big apple instances bestselling writer T.C. Boyle, a robust, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent within the American character
Set in modern Northern California, The tougher they arrive explores the unstable connections among 3 broken people—an getting older ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically risky son, and the son's paranoid, much-older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.
On a cruise to crucial the United States, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills an armed robber menacing a busload of visitors. The reluctant hero is relieved to come back domestic to castle Bragg, California—only to discover that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control.
Adam has get entangled with Sara, a hardened member of a right-wing anarchist team that refuses to recognize the legislation of the country. Adam's senior via a few fifteen years, she turns into his protector and inamorata. As Adam's psychological kingdom fractures, he turns into more and more delusional until eventually a schizophrenic breakdown leads him to shoot humans. at the run, he's taking to the woods, spurring the largest manhunt in California history.
As T.C. Boyle explores a father's legacy of violence and his powerlessness in in relation to his both violent son, he deals unheard of insights into the yankee psyche. encouraged by way of a real tale, The tougher they arrive is a devastating and indelible novel from a contemporary grasp.