Moonglow: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2016-11-22
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Michael Chabon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Winner of the Sophie Brody MedalÂ â¢Â An NBCC Finalist for 2016 Award for FictionÂ â¢Â ALA Carnegie Medal Finalist for Excellence in FictionÂ â¢Â Wall Street Journalâs Best Novel of the YearÂ â¢Â A New York Times Notable Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A Washington Post Best Book of the YearÂ â¢Â An NPR Best Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A Slate Best Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Fiction Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A New York Magazine Best Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A Buzzfeed Best Book of the YearÂ â¢Â A New York Post Best Book of the Year
iBooks Novel of the YearÂ â¢Â An Amazon Editors' Top 20 Book of the YearÂ â¢Â #1 Indie Next PickÂ â¢Â #1 Amazon Spotlight PickÂ â¢Â A New York Times Book Review Editorsâ ChoiceÂ â¢Â A BookPage Top Fiction Pick of the MonthÂ â¢Â An Indie Next Bestseller
This book is beautiful.â â A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review
Following on the heels of hisÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling novelÂ Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventureâand the forces that work to destroy us.
In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his motherâs home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabonâs grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
Â Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as âmy grandfather.â 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 impactâand the creative powerâof keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narratorâs 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.
Â From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New Yorkâs Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the âAmerican Century,â the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.