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.' Michiko Kakutani, 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 '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 centre of
every family's cosmos.' 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.' New York Times Book Review 'A poignant,
engrossing triumph.' People 'An often rollicking, ultimately moving
read. And like the song, it's liable to stay with you.' NPR
'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.' - Bookish
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