Hailed as one of the best short story writers of his generation, T.C. Boyle presents sixteen stories--nine of which appeared in "The New Yorker"--that highlight the evolving excellence of his inventive, modern, and wickedly witty style. In "After the Plague," Boyle exhibits his maturing themes through an amazing array of subjects in a range of emotional keys. He taps today's headlines, from air rage ("Friendly Skies") to abortion doctors ("Killing Babies"), and delves into more naturalistic themes of quiet power and passion, from a tale of first love ("The Love of My Life") to a story about confronting old age ("Rust"). Combining joy and humor with the dark, intense scenarios that Boyle's audience has come to love, "After the Plague" reveals a writer at the top of his form.