Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue

byMichael Chabon

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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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

MICHAEL CHABON is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author ofThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh,Wonder Boys,The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,Summerland,The Final Solution,The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, andGentlemen of the Road; as well as the short story collectionsA Model WorldandWerewolves in Their Youth; and the essay col...
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Title:Telegraph AvenueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.24 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554682088

ISBN - 13:9781554682089

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"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