When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle is a highly anticipated novel for 2011. But did you know the novel is place-oriented? In other words, we consider it a “travel” or place-oriented work of fiction.
Boyle’s novel takes place in the North Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The North Channel Islands are considered the US’s Galapagos Islands in regard to its precious, endangered wildlife. Foreign animal species are brought to the island. It is Alma, the biologist protagonist, who must kill off these invasive, foreign species who are killing the native species of the Islands.
The novel takes an in-depth look into wildlife preservation of the North Channel Islands. Biology is at the forefront of the story, including descriptions of the island itself.
We hear When the Killing’s Done is literary fiction and descriptive prose at its best. Even better, it incorporates a travel/place element. It’s definitely on my reading list for 2011. How about you?
* Here’s a great, LT article on biology entitled Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire in the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy!