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Michael Chabon - Author

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories A Model World  and Werewolves in their Youth and three novels, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Wonder Boys  has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downie Jr. and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire  and Playboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Search Michael Chabon on Instagram and hear an excerpt on audio.

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Featured books by Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2013

From the bestselling author of 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. As summer in Oakland, California, draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise, as behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. And while their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests their friendship. Then into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged.

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Moonglow

Moonglow

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2017

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Book of the Year An NPR Book of the Year A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year A Slate Book of the Year'Probably Chabon's greatest, a piece of sustained writing that will be hard to see outdone in 2017' The Times'Entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel' Observer'The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.'Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war?From the Jewish slums of pre-war Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of 'the American Century', Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.

Moonglow

Moonglow

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2016

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A Telegraph Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book of the Year * A Washington Post Book of the Year * A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year * A Slate Book of the Year `Probably Chabon's greatest, a piece of sustained writing that will be hard to see outdone in 2017' The Times `Entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel' Observer `The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.' Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war? From the Jewish slums of pre-war Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of `the American Century', Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2014

"e;Ein reicher, gefuhlvoller Roman mit dem kultigsten Soundtrack seit High Fidelity"e; New York TimesNat Jaffe und Archy Stallings fhren gemeinsam den kleinen, aber exklusiv bestckten Jazzplattenladen Brokeland Records. Ihre Ehefrauen arbeiten gemeinsam als Hebammen. Der rger beginnt, als Gibson Goode, Footballlegende und fnftreichster Schwarzer Amerikas, gleich neben dem Plattenladen einen Megastore erffnen will.Brokeland Records scheint seltsam aus der Zeit gefallen: Menschen mit Mue und Geschmack treffen sich hier, um ber Musik und Jazzlegenden zu fabulieren. Zu den stndigen Gsten gehrt neben Jazzmusikern auch Chandler Flowers, Bestattungsunternehmer und Ratsmitglied. Eigentlich msste er auf Nats und Archys Seite stehen, doch warum setzt er sich nicht fr sie ein? Als wre die Bedrohung seiner Existenz nicht schon genug, bekommt Archy auch noch privaten rger. Seine schwangere Frau Gwen findet heraus, dass er fremdgeht, sein abgehalfterter Vater will mal wieder Geld, und dann taucht auch noch ein Junge auf, der sein unehelicher Sohn sein knnte. Die resolute Gwen wiederum kmpft nach einer missglckten Hausgeburt, die sie mit Nats Frau Aviva begleitet hat, gegen arrogante rzte, hysterische Vter und berhaupt gegen die Umstnde. Ihren Mann setzt sie kurzerhand vor die Tr. Doch wie soll es weitergehen auf der Telegraph Avenue?Ein Roman, der sich einreiht in die groen Werke der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur, eine Komposition, in der Jazz und Blues mitschwingt, ein groer Wurf des Pulitzer-Preistrgers Michael Chabon.

Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

Chabons extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative classA wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasnt grown up. Hes now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer. During one lost weekend at a writing festival with Leer and debauched editor Terry Crabtree, Tripp must finally confront the wreckage made of his past decisions.Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction.

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2013

From the bestselling author of 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. As summer in Oakland, California, draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise, as behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. And while their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests their friendship. Then into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged.

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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

One street, two families. As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there, longtime friends, band mates and co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary nurse midwives. Archy and Gwen are expecting their first baby; Nat and Aviva have a teenaged son, Julius. When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to go forward with the construction of his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise. But behind Goode's announcement a nefarious story lurks. As their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a professional struggle that tests the limits of their friendship. And simultaneously, into their already tangled lives, comes Titus Joyner, the teenaged son Archy has never acknowledged, now the love of Julius Jaffe's life. An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own. Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet.

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2012

From Michael Chabon, the bestselling author of `The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' - his first novel in five years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. One street in Oakland, California. As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise. As behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. While their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests the limits of their friendship. And into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged. An intimate epic set to the laid-back beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all of its own, `Telegraph Avenue' is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet.

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemens Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop cultureKung Fu, 70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul musicand delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2012

From Michael Chabon, the bestselling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. One street in Oakland, California. As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise. As behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. While their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests the limits of their friendship. And into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged. An intimate epic set to the laid-back beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all of its own, `Telegraph Avenue' is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet.

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2012

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.A towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book (Newsweek), hailed as Chabons magnum opus (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of Americas finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book PrizeWinner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book AwardNamed one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Author: Michael Chabon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Meet Awesome Man - a brand new superhero, who's out of this world! The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans. Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow and hug mutant Jelly! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the flaming Eyeballs are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has his secret... Can you guess what it is?

Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's sensational debut novel: the coming-of-age story of Art Bechstein, a recent graduate whose life is forever changed by one sultry summerArt Bechstein may be too young to know what he wants to do with his life, but he knows what he doesn't want: the life of his father, a man who laundered money for the mob. Bechstein spends the summer after his graduation from a Pittsburgh university searching for his future and finding his own sort of trouble with brilliant and seductive new friendserudite, unscrupulous Arthur Lecomte, mercurial Phlox, and Cleveland, a poetry-reciting biker.Insightful and energetic, The Mysteries of Pittsburg beautifully renders the hard edges of a blue-collar city and the charm of its local characters.This ebook features a biography of the author.

Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative classA wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn't grown up. He's now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer. During one lost weekend at a writing festival with Leer and debauched editor Terry Crabtree, Tripp must finally confront the wreckage made of his past decisions.Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction.This ebook features a biography of the author.

Model World

Model World

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's dazzling first story collection reveals lives anchored in fantasy but disrupted by surprising realitiesIn these eleven elegant tales, characters hold tight to private dreams even as their closest relationships crumble. Five stories follow Nathan Shapiro from the spoiled beach vacation where he learns of his parents' divorce through his anxious adolescence and a woefully misguided crush. Other stories find ex-lovers tormenting each other at an oceanside cafe, a has-been baseball pro at the funeral of a more successful teammate, and a Pittsburgh disc jockey still pining for a woman who married him to get her American citizenship.Graceful, witty, and moving, the stories of A Model World helped establish Chabon as one of America's most distinctive fiction writers and prose stylists.This ebook features a biography of the author.

Werewolves in Their Youth

Werewolves in Their Youth

Author: Michael Chabon Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2011

Chabon's second story collection, about couples and families suffused with yearning but crippled by broken loveParalysis in the face of insight afflicts many characters in this stunning volume. In the title story, a boy named Paul does nothing to protect his feral friend Timothy from the scorn of teachers and classmates alike, even though he knows the reasons for Timothy's irritating games. In other stories, a young alpha couple sees a future together in the defects of a house up for sale, a heartbroken thief finds his ex-girlfriend's grandma to be an easy mark, and a man drifts away from a wife who has experienced a terrible misfortune.At times darkly funny, and others achingly beautiful, Werewolves in Their Youth renders the sad compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth.This ebook features a biography of the author.

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