Telegraph Avenue (Hardcover)
|Author: Michael Chabon|
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|"New York Times"-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Chabon goes to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted novel that explores the lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white, and the pop culture that surrounds them.|
From the Publisher:
When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson's endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history. 300,000 first printing.
Chabon wrote his first short story (heavily influenced by the Sherlock Holmes stories) when he was 10. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, then studied at the University of California-Irvine writer's program; his first novel, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH--his M.F.A. thesis--was published when he was 24.
"[A James] Joyce-an remix with a hipper rhythm track." (starred review) 08/15/2012 "Mr. Chabon has constructed an amazingly rich, emotionally detailed story that addresses his perennial themes--about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the consolations of art--while reaching outward to explore the relationship between time past and time present, the weight (or lightness, as the case may be) of history, and the possibility of redemption and forgiveness." - Michiko Kakutani 09/04/2012 "[I]t's hard to resist this charmingly earnest book." - Rob Brunner 09/14/2012 "Much of the wit in TELEGRAPH AVENUE inheres in Chabon's astonishing prose." - Jennifer Egan 09/09/2012 "There is much here to recommend, but then, there is much here, period, including but not limited to: blackmail, infidelity, first love, kung fu, midwifery, [and] a Barack Obama cameo. . . ." - Glen Weldon 09/11/2012