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“An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.
From Publishers Weekly
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Got to love Chabon
Yet, another brilliant Chabon novel. Peppered with movie, music, and political references, including the appearance of a certain President, Chabon has captured American pop culture with moments of grace and beauty, all the while giving the readers a glimpse into the mind of genius. Way to go Chabon!.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was intelligently written, moving, and wonderfully witty. The characters - whether it be Nat and Archy, their spouses and children, their friends, or their nemeses - drew me into each of their stories. In spite of moral lapses and human imperfections, I liked these people! Somehow and someway, they all had something of substance to tell their audience.
I am a San Franciscan, born and raised. I have always felt a connection with that city across the Bay Bridge. Its real, and for me, even more so than those other cities across Our Other Great Bridge.
Hats off to a good read and its author!
The story great, the writing amazing. I found at times I had to reread sections because I got so caught up in the incredible writing that I was missing the plot. Which, to be clear, is a good thing.