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Moonglow

A Novel

by Michael Chabon

On Sale: 09/19/2017

Price: $16.99

Moonglow

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Moonglow

A Novel

by Michael Chabon

On Sale: 09/19/2017

Format:

Price: $16.99

About the Book

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

Critical Praise

“Elegiac and deeply poignant ... Chabon weaves these knotted-together tales together into a tapestry that’s as complicated, beautiful and flawed as an antique carpet.... Chabon is one of contemporary literature’s most gifted prose stylists.... In Moonglow, he writes with both lovely lyricism and highly caffeinated fervor.” - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“An exuberant meld of fiction and family history.... It’s the caliber of his writing-evocative sentences and indelible metaphors-that gives the novel its luster…. Moonglow prisms through a single life the desires and despair of the Greatest Generation, whose small steps and giant leaps continue to shape us all.” - Hamilton Cain, O Magazine

“A wondrous book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory….A thoroughly enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows, about the accidents that redirect it, and about the secrets that can be felt but never seen, like the dark matter at the center of every family’s cosmos.” - Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Mix[es] in generous dollops of meaning, a sprinkling of fancy metaphors and an abundance of beautiful sentences so that it becomes a rich and exotic confection. Too strict a recipe would have spoiled the charm of this layer cake of nested memories and family legends.… This book is beautiful.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review

“A flamboyantly imaganitive work of fiction dressed in the sheep’s clothing of autobiography....His most confident and complex performance....Moonglow is a movingly bittersweet novel that balances wonder with lamentation.” - Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“Like The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, and especially The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this is classic Chabon: an intensely personal story uplifted by the shifting tectonic plates of truth and memory, floating atop his inimitably crafted, sometimes audacious, always original prose.” - Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review, Spotlight Pick

“A poignant, engrossing triumph.” - People

“An often rollicking, ultimately moving read. And like the song, it’s liable to stay with you.” - Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

“Absolutely brilliant…. Stylistically and emotionally, Moonglow took our breath away over and over.” - iBooks Review

“His prose is as luminous as ever.” - Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062225566
  • ISBN 10: 0062225561
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 09/19/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 1.080 in (d)
  • Pages: 480
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Urban