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Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 6, 2012 | Hardcover

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As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there, long-time friends, bandmates and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the sketchy yet freewheeling borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Archy and his wife, Gwen, are expecting their first baby; Nat and Aviva have a teenaged son, Julius. Cranky, flawed and loving each otherwith all the fierceness we''ve come to expect of Chabon characters, Archy and Nat have worked to construct lives and livelihoods that have a groove, looking to connect across barriers of race and class, and clinging to a sense of order and security through their stubbornly old-school ways.

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fourth-richest black man in America, announces plans to construct his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby neglected stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. What they don''t know is that Goode''s announcement marks the climax of a decades-old secret history, encompassing a forgotten crime of the Black Panther era, the tragedy of Archy''s own deadbeat father - a long-faded Blaxploitation star - and the perpetual shining failure of American optimism about race.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.5 × 6.63 × 1.54 in

Published: September 6, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155468207X

ISBN - 13: 9781554682072

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.5 × 6.63 × 1.54 in

Published: September 6, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155468207X

ISBN - 13: 9781554682072

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As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there, long-time friends, bandmates and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the sketchy yet freewheeling borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Archy and his wife, Gwen, are expecting their first baby; Nat and Aviva have a teenaged son, Julius. Cranky, flawed and loving each otherwith all the fierceness we''ve come to expect of Chabon characters, Archy and Nat have worked to construct lives and livelihoods that have a groove, looking to connect across barriers of race and class, and clinging to a sense of order and security through their stubbornly old-school ways.

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fourth-richest black man in America, announces plans to construct his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby neglected stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. What they don''t know is that Goode''s announcement marks the climax of a decades-old secret history, encompassing a forgotten crime of the Black Panther era, the tragedy of Archy''s own deadbeat father - a long-faded Blaxploitation star - and the perpetual shining failure of American optimism about race.

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves In Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and the middle-grade book Summerland. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Chabon is . . . a blazing stylist. His prose is elegant, alert and no less inclined than his imagination to follow a notion, a riff, even simply a cadence, wherever it leads him.”

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“An immensely gifted writer and a magical prose stylist.”

- MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“It’s as if Kurt Vonnegut and Philip Roth started a rock ’n’ roll band; this is writing that makes you want to get up and dance.”

- LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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