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Author
Michael Chabon.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780061493348
Pages/Publication Date 468/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29606
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2012) As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there, in this brilliant new novel by the Hugo– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Summerland. Longtime friends and bandmates, they are co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, their wives Aviva and Gwen—renowned as the Berkeley Birth Partners—also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of 15-year-old Julius Jaffe's life.

"If any novelist can pack the entire American zeitgeist into 500 pages, it's Chabon.... Ambitious, densely written, sometimes very funny, and fabulously over the top, here's a rare book that really could be the great American novel."—Library Journal (starred review)

"A magnificently crafted, exuberantly alive, emotionally lustrous, and socially intricate saga.... Bubbling with lovingly curated knowledge about everything from jazz to pregnancy ... Chabon's rhapsodically detailed, buoyantly plotted, warmly intimate cross-cultural tale of metamorphoses is electric with suspense, humor, and bebop dialogue.... An embracing, radiant masterpiece."—Booklist (starred review)

"A genuinely moving story about race and class, parenting and marriage.... Chabon is inarguably one of the greatest prose stylists of all time, powering out sentences that are the equivalent of executing a triple back flip on a bucking bull while juggling chain saws and making love to three women."—Esquire

 
 
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