In line with my current strategy of reading the reviews after I've read the book I see that I'm in agreement with everyone else about T.C.Boyle's Talk Talk. Perhaps, just perhaps the ending doesn't quite live up to the expectations you have built up from the pace of this book but there are plenty of compensations along the way.This is a rapid page turner and in no way did I close this book with any sense of disappointment. Too much else to ponder.
It's a novel about identity theft and very scarily easy it would seem to be too, but TC Boyle is exploring far more than just the credit card/driving licence scam.His victim is a profoundly deaf young teacher, Dana Halter,so there is much to observe about all aspects of her identity in a hearing world.
Dana has been deaf since a bout of meningitis as a child, so she can speak, lip read and sign and until this moment she has been fiercely independent and completely at ease with her life.
TC Boyle does a miraculous job, Dana's frustration just oozes off the page as she tries to deal with the impossibility of what is happening to her and balances it interestingly against the life of he who we must apparently call the perp.
One last word of advice, hie thee to your nearest branch of Staples, buy a shredder and start making your ferret bedding now. At least that's what it's used for where I work.