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Outside Looking In

(2019)
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A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities

In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD.

In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug’s possibilities such that their “research” becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys’ initiation at one of Leary’s parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys’ eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees—students, wives, and children—living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning.

Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys’ marriage—or any marriage, for that matter—survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle’s acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It’s an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Funny, but not always in a way you can laugh at. Boyle's dissections are far too accurate. One moment you're watching the antics of a narcissistic cast; the next you're finding it all heartbreakingly human." - M John Harrison

"Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges." - Barbara Kingsolver

"A virtuoso craftsman." - Annie Proulx

"By far and away one of the most inventive, adventurous and accomplished fiction writers in the US today ... A mesmerising storyteller." - Lionel Shriver


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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Outside Looking In
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-5266-0468-X / 978-1-5266-0468-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 0-06-288298-8 / 978-0-06-288298-1 (USA edition)
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Outside Looking In
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January 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 1-5266-1036-1 / 978-1-5266-1036-2 (UK edition)
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-982625-93-7 / 978-1-982625-93-1
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Outside Looking in: Library Edition
Author(s): T Coraghessan Boyle
ISBN: 1-982625-92-9 / 978-1-982625-92-4
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-982625-94-5 / 978-1-982625-94-8
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
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Kindle Editions

April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Outside Looking In
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Outside Looking In: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Ecco
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