Meet the Author: T.C. Boyle
11 October 2012 Last updated at 20:36 BST
In this week's Meet the Author, Nick Higham talks to the American writer T.C. Boyle about his latest novel San Miguel.
The book explores the lives of two families living on a remote island off the coast of California.
It spans a 40 year period in the 19th and 20th centuries.