Telegraph Avenue

Hardcover | September 11, 2012

byMichael Chabon

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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.

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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 ...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:155468207X

ISBN - 13:9781554682072

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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

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“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