The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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Open Road Media, Dec 20, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s “astonishing” debut novel, about a son’s struggle to find his own identity and integrity (The New York Times).

Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Moonglow, and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, is one of the most acclaimed talents in contemporary fiction. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, published when Chabon was just twenty-five, is the beautifully crafted debut that propelled him into the literary stratosphere.
 
Art Bechstein may be too young to know what he wants to do with his life, but he knows what he doesn’t want: the life of his father, a man who laundered money for the mob. He spends the summer after graduation finding his own way, experimenting with a group of brilliant and seductive new friends: erudite Arthur Lecomte, who opens up new horizons for Art; mercurial Phlox, who confounds him at every turn; and Cleveland, a poetry-reciting biker who pulls him inevitably back into his father’s mobbed-up world.
 
A New York Times bestseller, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was called “astonishing” by Alice McDermott, and heralded the arrival of one of our era’s great voices.
 This ebook features a biography of the author.
 

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User Review  - hemlokgang - LibraryThing

A marvelous coming of age tale as can only be told by Michael Chabon. I think he is an incredible storyteller. He creates iconic characters, uses language masterfully, and is very witty. It was fun to read his first novel after having enjoyed all those which followed! Read full review

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User Review  - omgully - LibraryThing

A typical coming of age, realism story. It's set during a summer break of an average college student named Arthur. He meets and befriends a quirky girl, a homosexual man, and an alcoholic. Throughout ... Read full review

Contents

ELEVATOR GOING
A FREE ATOM
SOME PEOPLE REALLY KNOW HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME
THE CLOUD FACTORY
INVADERS
OBEDIENCE
THE CHECKPOINT
THE MAU MAU CATALOGUE
MARJORIE
THE MUSEUM OF REAL LIFE
THE CASA DEL FEAR
B AND
PERSPICACITY
THE BIG
LIFE ON VENUS
THE END OF THE WORLD

THE HEARTBREAK THING
SEX AND VIOLENCE
SEARCHLIGHTS AND GIANT WOMEN
THE EVIL LOVE NURSE
PINK EYES
THE BEAST THAT ATE CLEVELAND
XANADU
A Biography of Michael Chabon
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About the author (2011)

Michael Chabon (b. 1963) is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000). Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty-four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), which was a major critical and commercial success. He then published Wonder Boys (1995), another bestseller, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas. One of America’s most distinctive voices, Chabon has been called “a magical prose stylist” by the New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament.

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