Telegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonTelegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue

byMichael Chabon

Hardcover | September 11, 2012

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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.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,Wonder Boys,The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,Summerland(a novel for children),The Final Solution,The Yiddish Policemen's Union, andGentlemen of the Road; as well as the short story collectionsA Model WorldandWerewolves in Their Y...
Title:Telegraph AvenueFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:480 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155468207X

ISBN - 13:9781554682072


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good great characters and story; maybe a bit overlong
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I always enjoy a good Chabon novel. Although it's not his latest I recently picked it up and had a good read. I love his use of language and find that although I often have to stop and look up a word, it helps me understand many of his underlying themes. give it a try.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good reading. A well crafted read with characters you come to care about - not his best - far better than most.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Telegraph Avenue An interesting and complex story is told with humour and wit. The male characters are complex, but the women are flat and predictable. This is a good, but seriously flawed novel.
Date published: 2014-03-04

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