Outside Looking In is the newest novel offered by New York Times-bestselling author TC Boyle.
It is Harvard in the early 1960s. Just off campus, Dr Timothy Leary plays host for his PhD students, laying on a spread of cocktails, pizza and LSD. Among the guests is Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology student, and his librarian wife Joanie. Married young, and both diligently and unglamorously toiling to support their son, theirs are hardly the faces you would put to the spectre of counterculture haunting the campus. But their nights on LSD prove so extraordinary – so revelatory, so earth-shattering, so downright seductive – that Fitz and Joanie soon find themselves captives to the whims of the charismatic and subversive Dr Tim.
Fitz and Joanie head out on a trip of a lifetime, as sultry Mexican nights at Hotel Catalina give way to a ramshackle mansion in upstate New York, where thirty devotees – students, wives and children – play out the final act of a terrible, beautiful experiment.
‘Brilliant … His characters are portrayed with sympathy and internal complexity, even if they’re still crazy’
– New Statesman
‘Boyle has a talent for describing events we may never experience with an arresting matter-of-factness. There is a thrill to this, and to not knowing where he will take us next’
Outside Looking In is published by Bloomsbury Circus on April 9th 2019 and will be available to buy from Amazon and other leading retailers.