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Olson, Toby

Overview
Works: 108 works in 225 publications in 3 languages and 5,459 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Musical settings  Poetry  Biography 
Roles: Author, Printer, Editor
Classifications: PS3565.L84, 813.54
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Seaview : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 434 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
Utah : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The woman who escaped from shame : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and French and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel "explores the meaning of storytelling in a narrative of shifting memories, desires, dreams, and perceptions. A medical supply salesman calls at a Mexican ranch, where he discovers a pornography ring and a pair of mysterious miniature horses. His attempt to rescue one of the animals from mistreatment sends him on the run. In the course of his bloody, bewildering adventures, he encounters a fantastic assortment of friends and enemies with strange connections to his past and finally experiences an epiphany of sorts in a deserted marble pit. Or perhaps his tale is merely part of a story being told by a sickly youth in another time and place. Or it is all myth?"--Library journal
At sea by Toby Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 348 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
Write letter to Billy : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 314 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 )

11 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing talks : views on teaching writing from across the professions( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We are the fire : a selection of poems by Toby Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 263 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 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On edge by Relâche (Musical group)( )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tampico : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 189 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 )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human nature : poems by Toby Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 179 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."--Jacket
The bitter half by Toby Olson( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bitter Half opens in 1935 in Pearce, Arizona, where Chris Pollard, a famed if eccentric authority on jail breaks, has been called in to investigate the case of The Kid, an inmate who has broken out of every prison in which he has been held. The Kid appears and disappears, eluding his pursuers, while at Pollard?s Wisconsin estate a rag-tag group of travelers and refugees come together, including a black family from Florida, a female candy store owner known as Bo Peep, and a troupe of down-and-out entertainers. As Pollard and The Kid traverse the wasteland of Depression-era America, an obsessive, evasive, and erotic attraction grows between the two, culminating in a final confrontation at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. In revealing their tangled attraction and intertwined fates, The Bitter Half offers a striptease of masks and mysteries, slowly revealing a web of seductions, assumptions, and miscues of desire. -Publisher's description
The blond box by Toby Olson( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Home by Toby Olson( Book )

3 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing appearance : poems, 1965-1970 by Toby Olson( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Toby Olson is a compleat poet ... Everything works together in his poems--the thoughts, the sounds of the words, the images aroused by them, & all the little silences (how well he disposes them!) ... His poems are direct & artful. Like the women in his laundromat poem, 'They talk straight at me.'"--Jackson Mac Low
Aesthetics by Toby Olson( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Worms into nails : poems by Toby Olson( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Florence poems by Toby Olson( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Write letter to Billy : a novel
Alternative Names
Olson, Merle Theodore.

Toby Olson American writer

Toby Olson Amerikaans romanschrijver

Languages
English (110)

French (5)

Spanish (3)

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Utah : a novelWrite letter to Billy : a novelTampico : a novelUnfinished building : poemsHuman nature : poemsThe bitter halfThe blond box