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Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | August 30, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Imaginative, funny, moving, triumphant, this is Michael Chabon''s most dazzling book yet

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 other with 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 longfadedBlaxploitation star-and the perpetual shining failure of American optimism about race.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.29 in

Published: August 30, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554682088

ISBN - 13: 9781554682089

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Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.29 in

Published: August 30, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554682088

ISBN - 13: 9781554682089

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Imaginative, funny, moving, triumphant, this is Michael Chabon''s most dazzling book yet

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 other with 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 longfadedBlaxploitation star-and the perpetual shining failure of American optimism about race.

About the Author

An American novelist and short-story writer, Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C., in 1963. The son of a pediatrician and a lawyer, Chabon grew up in Columbia, Maryland, and spent his summers with his father in Pittsburgh. Chabon received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and went on to get his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California at Irvine. Chabon found success at the age of 24, when William Morrow publishing house offered him $155,000, a near-record sum, for the rights to his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was Chabon's thesis in graduate school. After Pittsburgh became a national best-seller, Chabon began writing a series of short stories about a little boy dealing with his parents' divorce. The stories, which in part appeared in The New Yorker and G.Q., were bound together in 1991 into a volume titled A Model World And Other Stories. Chabon has also written articles for The New York Times and Vogue. In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His title The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller list for 2011.

Editorial Reviews

"A funny, super-smart roller-coaster of a good time, with writingso virtuosic and funkadelic, it gets you dancing in your head." -TORONTO STAR

"A marvel. Chabon writes sentences that dance, syncopated jazzy excursions that roll and slide like organ fills, or horn solo. Chabon is a master, and it shows on every page." -VANCOUVER SUN

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