I'm a huge reader, and I'm always looking for recommendations. So, I thought I'd share mine to get some of yours.

My latest read was the newest book The Women by my favorite short story writer, T.C. Boyle. I've read all of his short story collections and novels and I've always appreciated his gripping narrative voice. He's a natural storyteller and reminds me a lot of folks in the south in the way he retells a story ("you had to go down the stairs in those days, you know" sort of thing).

This book is different than anything he has written before. Usually he writes about pothead slightly crazy people in some stage of a man vs. self battle, but this time he has taken a chance at a classy and tragic historical fiction retelling of the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the way he infamously treated the women in his life, integrating the profession and people around him (by all accounts historically accurate). He moves to a more dimensional type of storytelling, embracing the complexity I thought he always avoided.

This book reminds me of the William Boyd book Any Human Heart in the way that it so carefully attempts to accurately portray the historical figures it encounters. In the case of T.C. Boyle, those figures are everything from the students and wives of Wright to Taliesin itself. For Boyd, it was Emerson, Picasso, or Virginia Woolf. Using only the memoirs of his biographers, T.C. Boyle has immersed himself in

Boyle does way more than tell the story of Wright. He tells the story of very modern battles that people in the early part of the century faced - who they are and how they got there, how the world expects them to act as celebrities and "moral" people, and how they eventually persevered or lose. However disconnected we may be from a famous architect in 1932, we can still see that in these situations we might have responded the same way.

Add to that the beautiful rhythm and alliteration of a man who uses language like an artist does a brush, and you've got an intelligent and perfectly written masterpiece that gives you the sensation of reliving each very human event.

For me, this is where T.C. Boyle stopped being a writer and really became a literary genius. After reading this book, I'm more convinced than ever that he is the best fiction writer out there today.

The book was good enough to leave on a seat on the metro for someone to discover and that's just what I'm going to do.