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Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon's first novel (written for his master's thesis at UC Irvine) was published when he was twenty-five, and quickly became a bestseller. Set in the steel ciy, this hilarious coming-of-age story tells the tale of Art Bechstein's first summer after college. Themes, such as confused sexuality, identity crises, and displaced ambitions, and vivid characters (a father who is a Jewish mobster, a capricious librarian named Phlox) combine to form an uproarious and lyrical narrative. Strong characterizations and resplendent prose mark Chabon's debut, an unforgettable book that is both charming and poignant.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Michael Chabon provides a brilliantly fresh first novel and national bestseller about the joys and pains of youth coming of age.

Review:

"[A] very funny and very eloquent book — a book that both earns and wears easily such adjectives as 'brilliant'...The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a funny, charming, hugely entertaining and excellently written book." Pittsburgh Press

Review:

"Absolutely terrific....Anybody can write a realistic account of his first postgraduation summer of growing up and making love, but to make such a story the stuff of legend, as Chabon has done here (and Fitzgerald did before him), takes something close to genius." Playboy

Review:

"A very daring, vivid and exciting book." Cosmopolitan

Review:

"There's a lot of talk about this novel. It's almost as if there's going to be a great big literary bash. The guys who will be on the guest list are a cinch. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield....And now, from The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Remarkable....What makes this book — and Chabon — worth our attentiation is [that] Chabon has chosen not merely to record all the ills of an oversexed, overindulged generation with nowhere to go but to bed or to a bar; he has chosen to explore, to enter this world and try to find what makes it work, why love and friendship choose to visit some, deny others." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Chabon's writing is deft and delicate — almost every page includes a delightful phrase or two. He mingles dialogue, the Pittsburgh cityscape, descriptions of the characters' acticity and Art's thoughts and feelings to achieve that magical illusion good novels give — that the reader is living the character's life with all its savors, jokes and pangs." Boston Herald

Synopsis:

The acclaimed New York Times bestseller.

Synopsis:

The acclaimed New York Times bestseller.

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 best 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." 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060972127
Author:
Chabon, Michael
Publisher:
Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
College students
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Young men -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
The acclaimed <I>New York Times</I> bestseller.
Series Volume:
vyp. 31
Publication Date:
April 19, 1989
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.32x.82 in. .52 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon's first novel (written for his master's thesis at UC Irvine) was published when he was twenty-five, and quickly became a bestseller. Set in the steel ciy, this hilarious coming-of-age story tells the tale of Art Bechstein's first summer after college. Themes, such as confused sexuality, identity crises, and displaced ambitions, and vivid characters (a father who is a Jewish mobster, a capricious librarian named Phlox) combine to form an uproarious and lyrical narrative. Strong characterizations and resplendent prose mark Chabon's debut, an unforgettable book that is both charming and poignant.

"Review" by , "[A] very funny and very eloquent book — a book that both earns and wears easily such adjectives as 'brilliant'...The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a funny, charming, hugely entertaining and excellently written book."
"Review" by , "Absolutely terrific....Anybody can write a realistic account of his first postgraduation summer of growing up and making love, but to make such a story the stuff of legend, as Chabon has done here (and Fitzgerald did before him), takes something close to genius."
"Review" by , "A very daring, vivid and exciting book."
"Review" by , "There's a lot of talk about this novel. It's almost as if there's going to be a great big literary bash. The guys who will be on the guest list are a cinch. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield....And now, from The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein."
"Review" by , "Remarkable....What makes this book — and Chabon — worth our attentiation is [that] Chabon has chosen not merely to record all the ills of an oversexed, overindulged generation with nowhere to go but to bed or to a bar; he has chosen to explore, to enter this world and try to find what makes it work, why love and friendship choose to visit some, deny others."
"Review" by , "Chabon's writing is deft and delicate — almost every page includes a delightful phrase or two. He mingles dialogue, the Pittsburgh cityscape, descriptions of the characters' acticity and Art's thoughts and feelings to achieve that magical illusion good novels give — that the reader is living the character's life with all its savors, jokes and pangs."
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
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