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Olson, Toby

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Works: 116 works in 213 publications in 1 language and 5,375 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Musical settings 
Roles: Printer, Editor
Classifications: PS3565.L84, 813.54
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Utah : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At sea by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When obsession threatens to consume a man, death can be a relief. Or it can be the beginning of an even more disturbing journey. In At Sea, Toby Olson once again explores a darker side of love and relationship, this time through the difficulties of characters in a Cape Cod town, where lifestyles mix, and sexual jealousy provokes deadly passions. The result is a complex mystery involving family secrets, brutal assault and death. It is Peter Blue, an undercover narcotics agent in Provincetown, who finds himself at sea. Troubled in his marriage to Sara, drawn to the rape victim, Beth Charters, Peter is torn in his affections. When he takes part in a drug bust that results in the death of a local fisherman, Peter's motives become suspect. When many in the town turn against him, he is put on temporary suspension. Peter leaves Provincetown for safe haven, but when he returns he finds that everything he'd counted on has come apart. A brutal murder raises more questions, creates more doubts. Peter is rescued from a drunken binge by Charlie Glen, the piano player at a local bar; together they set out to unravel the mystery that has developed, one which goes well beyond the recent murder. Their investigations lead them into the past, the underlife of the town's gay bars, out into the dunes of the National Seashore, even to the sea itself. In the end it is as much their own lives that are understood as those of the criminals they've pursued. As in all of Olson's fiction, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Seaview and his most recent Dorit in Lesbos, At Sea explores issues of memory, coercion and sexual ambivalence. But here setting too becomes character, the delicate structures of Provincetown's culture and the natural world that surrounds it serving as a backdrop for the fragile and complex emotions of Peter Blue and those whose lives he touches. At Sea is at once mystery and psychological novel, yet written with the same stylistic elegance, the same care for detail that has become Olson's hallmark. At Sea takes its place with Toby Olson's five previous novels, a body of work that is unique in contemporary American fiction
Seaview : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three men and two women travel across America from the West coast to the East coast. Each one has a personal drama unfolding as they make their way to individual destinations. Terminal cancer and golf hustling are ahead for one couple; American Indian rights are another's agenda while a drug-pusher and his girlfriend stalk the golf hustler for an old debt
The woman who escaped from shame : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Write letter to Billy : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A retired Navy underwater repair specialist investigates a mysterious list his father had written just before his death. Some of the items are crossed off, but one of the unfinished tasks haunts him: "Write letter to Billy." What had his father planned to tell him? What he learns changes his life forever."--Jacket
The life of Jesus by Toby Olson ( Book )
8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writing talks : views on teaching writing from across the professions ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
We are the fire : a selection of poems by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dorit in Lesbos by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tampico : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
FOUR OLD MEN HAVE BEEN WAREHOUSED AT "THE MANOR", A LONG-ERODED HOME FOR THE FORGOTTEN
Unfinished building : poems by Toby Olson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Human nature : poems by Toby Olson ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Human Nature is the first book of new poems by the poet and novelist Toby Olson since We Are the Fire (New Directions, 1984). The intervening years saw five of his novels published to strong critical acclaim. "But," says Olson, "one day I woke from fiction to discover I'd not written a poem in close to ten years. How to return to poetry after being away from it so long?" Certainly not in repetition of things done before. In Human Nature, Olson joins the novelist's art to the poet's through remembrances of friends and events in times gone by."--BOOK JACKET
On edge by Relâche (Musical group) ( )
3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bitter half by Toby Olson ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The blond box by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Home by Toby Olson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seaview : a novel by Toby Olson ( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seaview sweeps eastward, following three men and two women across a wasted American continent to an apocalyptic confrontation on Cape Cod. Melinda hopes to reach the seaside where she was born before she dies of cancer. Allen, her husband, earns their way back by golf hustling, working the links en route. Outside of Tucson, the two meet up with a Pima Indian also headed toward the Cape to help a distant relative who has claims on a golf course there that is laid out on tribal grounds. Throughout the journey, Allen knows he is being stalked by a former friend, Richard, a drug-pusher whom he has crossed and who is now determined to murder him. The tortured lives of Richard and his wife Gerry stand as a dream of what might have become of Allen and Melinda had things been otherwise. The lines that draw these people together converge at Seaview Links, and on the mad battlefield that this golf course becomes, the novel reaches its complex ending
Changing appearance : poems, 1965-1970 by Toby Olson ( Book )
3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Worms into nails : poems by Toby Olson ( Book )
2 editions published in 1969 in Undetermined and English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aesthetics by Toby Olson ( Book )
2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Olson, Merle Theodore.
Languages
English (92)
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