I am about to begin reading San Miguel by T.C. Boyle. Here is what Boyle has to say about his newest novel:
“San Miguel is my fourteenth novel, published by Viking in September of 2012. It is set on the island of the same name, the most northern and westerly of the California Channel Islands, and the story it tells derives from my research into the ecology and history of the region for my previous novel, When the Killing’s Done. In the course of my research, I found a wealth of material relating to the tenure of two families on San Miguel Island, the Waters’ and the Lesters, each of whom lived there as sole occupants of the island in different periods, the Waters family beginning in 1888 and the Lesters in 1930. Both families sought to live apart from society—from the continent itself—and make an independent living ranching sheep. I’ve chosen to tell the story from the perspective of three women: Marantha Waters, a well-to-do San Francisco woman whose second husband, Will, convinces her to invest in the island as a business proposition; her adopted daughter Edith, who was fifteen when she first went out to the island; and Elyse Lester, who, after a whirlwind romance and hurried marriage, arrived on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, in 1930, just as the Depression was beginning to paralyze the rest of the country.”
Anyone want to read with me?