The Wishbones (Abridged Fiction)
by Tom Perrotta
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In The Wishbones, Tom Perrotta's characters are 90s adults still clinging to their 70s dreams. Thirty-one-year-old Dave Raymond has an adoring girlfriend and a steady gig as guitarist for The Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band. He still lives with his parents, but that's a small price to pay for the freedom to play the music he loves. Dave's world changes the day three little words fly from his mouth: "Let's get married." His marital ambivalence takes a perilous turn when he embarks on an affair with Gretchen, a New York City poet. Dave is torn between Gretchen and his fiance, Julie, and the two sides of his personality they represent. The Wishbones is laugh-out-loud confessional about people who might be too old to rock 'n' roll but just can't imagine stopping; a story filled with the revelations and fears of a man finally bidding farewell to his boyhood.