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A Model World and Other Storiesby Michael Chabon
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Synopses & Reviews
From the wondrously talented author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys comes a magnificent collection of ironic, understated tales that confirm his reputation as "the young star of American letters" (Washington Post Book World). Here are eleven superb stories about growing up and growing wise — stories in which people attempt to create and inhabit their own model worlds, only to watch them collapse in the face of the real world.
"Poignant...affecting...witty...wrenching...a terrific writer." Washington Post Book World
"Graceful and inventive and poignantly wise...highly entertaining and full of imagination and good humor....Every passage in this book breathes the determination to surprise and delight....A writer of major talent." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"These stories...establish [Chabon] as one of his generation's most eloquent new voices." The New York Times
"Splendid...brilliant...intelligent...refreshingly optimistic...at once lyrical and unembellished, elegant and spare. Chabon is the genuine article." Miami Herald
"Chabon moves across powerful emotional ground with certainty and delicacy. There are heartbreaking moments in these stories, but they are rendered so precisely, through incidents that capture the subtlest of feelings, that the reader can only smile at Chabon's skill." Chicago Tribune
"A delight." People
"Marvelous...a must....One of the best of America's young fictionalists....A major force in American fiction." Library Journal
"Chabon manages to locate those fleeting moments that define a young man's initiation into the complexities of the grown-up world, and to memorialize those moments with such precision that they glow with the hard, radiant energy of one's own remembered past." The New York Times
From the wondrously talented author of The mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys comes a magnificent collection of ironic, understated tales that confirm his reputation as "the young star of American letters." — Washington Post Book World. Here are eleven superb stories about growing up and growing wise — stories in which people attempt to create and inhabit their own model worlds, only to watch them collapse in the face of the real world.
About the Author
Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburg, was a national bestseller and was compared by critics to the besr of Fitzgerald and Salinger. Upon publication of his second novel, Wonder Boys, he was hailed by The Washington Post Book World as "the young star of American letters." He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and in Gentlemen's Quarterly. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
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