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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.

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Synopsis

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

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.

Reviews

'Telegraph Avenue is a wonderful novel ... Wonderfully engaging, exuberantly written ... the world constructed here is one to lose yourself in ... This is a novel that I found myself slowing down while reading, out of sheer pleasure. I put it off, and rationed it out, and just didn't want it to end.'
Philip Hensher, Spectator

'Deeply wise and soulful ... What you get is a big, serious, probing American novel, a page-turner that, like Chabon himself, seems to walk the line between high and low culture'
Attica Locke, Guardian

'Telegraph Avenue achieves the blissed-out honey-coloured atmosphere of Cameron Crowe's film 'Almost Famous' or Richard Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused', but is deeper and more intelligent than either of those ... It feels entirely relevant to the uncertainty of the present moment'
Sunday Times

'An amazingly rich, emotionally detailed story ... Mr. Chabon can write about just about anything ... with a real, lived-in sense of empathy and passion.'
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

'Like a favourite old jazz LP, its richly pleasurable form beginning to end.'
Independent

'A multi-generational, anatomy-of-a-community doorstopper with a plot like clockwork and sentences like toffee'
Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Michael Chabon

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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Publication date

25th April 2013

Author

Michael Chabon

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
640 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007288762

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