Biography

Toby Olson has published eight novels—the most recent of which, The Blond Box, appeared from Fiction Collective-2 in 2003—and numerous books of poetry, including Human Nature (New Directions). A new novel, The Bitter Half, is forthcoming. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, Olson’s novel Seaview received the PEN/Faulkner award for the Most Distinguished Work of American Fiction in 1983. Toby Olson lives in Philadelphia and in North Truro, on Cape Cod.

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Seaview

  • Introduction by Robert Coover
  • fiction

Unlike any other recent American novel in the freshness of its approach and vision.

The New York Times Book Review

Toby Olson’s PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novel Seaview follows its main characters, Allen and Melinda, across an American wasteland to return Melinda to her childhood home on Cape Cod; Melinda is dying of cancer and hopes to reach the seaside where she was born before her end comes. Allen earns...Forward

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