The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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Open Road Media, Dec 20, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Chabon’s sensational debut novel: the coming-of-age story of Art Bechstein, a recent graduate whose life is forever changed by one sultry summer
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. Bechstein spends the summer after his graduation from a Pittsburgh university searching for his future and finding his own sort of trouble with brilliant and seductive new friends—erudite, unscrupulous Arthur Lecomte, mercurial Phlox, and Cleveland, a poetry-reciting biker. Insightful and energetic, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh beautifully renders the hard edges of a blue-collar city and the charm of its local characters. This ebook features a biography of the author.
 

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User Review  - Henry - Goodreads

So I think I can now safely say Michael Chabon is my favorite "modern lit" author, as I have adored all three of the books of his that I have read. This one, his first novel, is a bit less epic in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evan - Goodreads

"Look, it's just me and Cleveland and Arthur. Crude jokes, poker games, sports talk, boozy sentimentality---you know, boys' stuff." She frowned. I knew I was being too flip, but I felt lousy, and more ... 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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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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