A Friend of the Earth Author:T. C. Boyle "Alternate chapters take us back to the past, where we see a younger Ty and Andrea in action as the driving wheels behind the radical environmental group, Earth Forever! We also delve into Ty's relationship with his daughter, Sierra, now famous as a "martyr to the trees". All of this presented with satiric verve-this is a funny book, albeit on t... more »he most depressing possible topic-and yet, as in The Tortilla Curtain, I am aiming at much more than simply satire. Satire, it seems to me, has no heart, and this book, you will find, has heart to spare. The laughter will stick in your throat, and if I have done my job properly, you will think and feel and hurt as I do. The environmentalists offer us no hope. How do we deal with that? I think we laugh to keep from crying."