Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another
literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends and
existential adventure - and 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 mother's home in
Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather.
Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the
imminence of death, Chabon's grandfather shared recollections and
told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering
bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. Moonglow
unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man
the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of
madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love,
of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations
and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment
at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the
creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.
A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and
wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart
of the twentieth century, Moonglow ranges from the Jewish slums of
prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a
Florida retirement village to New York's Wallkill Prison, from the
heyday of the space program to the twilight of 'the American
Century'. Collapsing an era into a single life and a lifetime into
a single week, Moonglow is a lie that tells the truth, a work of
fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel
disguised as a memoir. Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his
most moving, his most Chabonesque. 'His most beautifully realized
novel to date ...a masterful and resounding novel of the dark and
blazing forces that forged our tumultuous, confounding, and
precious world.' Booklist, starred review 'Elegiac and deeply
poignant ...a tapestry that's as complicated, beautiful and flawed
as an antique carpet.' The New York Times 'Charming and elegantly
structured...What seduces the reader is Chabon's language, which
reinvents the world, joyously, on almost every page.' Publishers
Weekly 'Luminous...The story builds to core revelations of wartime
horror and postwar heartbreak as powerful as they come. ' Library
Journal, starred review 'Moonglow blurs the line between
autobiography and fiction in interesting ways, and manages to feel
more artful than most memoirs and more true than most novels.' -
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