A Friend of the Earth

The year is 2025, and Tyrone O’Shaughnessy Tierwater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star’s private menagerie of the species “only a mother could love”—scruffy hyenas, jackals, warthogs, and three down-at-the-mouth lions. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed in a grim but very funny way, and most of the major mammalian species, not to mention fish, birds, and frogs, are extinct. Once, as we see in alternating chapters that flash back to the last two decades of the twentieth century, Ty was so seriously committed to environmental causes that he became an ecoterrorist and convicted felon. A “a member of the radical environmental group Earth Forever!, he unwittingly endangered both his daughter, Sierra, and his wife, Andrea. Now, when he’s just trying to survive in a world torn by obdurate storms and winnowing drought,” Andrea comes back into his life. What happens as the two slip into a reborn involvement makes for a gripping, topical, and ever-surprising story certain to stir readers’ emotions.

Gritty and surreal, frightening yet touching, A Friend of the Earth represents a high-water mark in Boyle’s career, his deep streak of social concern is effortlessly blended here with real compassion for his characters and the spirit of sheer exhilarating playfulness readers have come to expect of his work.

Editorial Reviews

“Mordantly funny and inventive.”

Publishers Weekly

“Boyle is an ingenious and masterful storyteller.”


“A powerful satire.”

Library Journal

Reader Biography

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

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