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ISBN13: 9780399142673
ISBN10: 0399142673
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Everything is going pretty well for Dave Raymond. He's 31, but he still feels young. He's playing guitar with the Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band, and while it isn't exactly the Big Time, it is music. He has a roof over his head...well, it's his parents' roof, but they don't hassle him much. Life isn't perfect. But it isn't bad. Not bad at all. But then he has to blow it all by proposing to his girlfriend.

Review:

"What makes this late coming-of-age novel original and fresh is the arch, incisive humor and pop-music riffs that Perrotta adds to an old story....Even the antagonisms are gentle and funny..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The Wishbones is a hybrid of the rhymed and the unplanned — a small-scale comedy of accommodation and unresolution that's full of loopiness and warmth. Like Bad Haircut, Perrotta's 1994 collection of stories, it's a minor work but a major pleasure." Ray Sawhill, Salon.com

Review:

"Just like a good rock 'n' roll song, Perrotta's first novel...is straight-ahead, unpretentious entertainment....Like Nick Hornsby's High Fidelity, The Wishbones is a smart, very funny look at one man's ambivalence toward adulthood and commitment..." Booklist

Review:

"By all reasonable standards, Dave Raymond and his companions should qualify as first-class losers....That they instead constitute a vastly appealing cast of characters whose doings are a source of unalloyed reading pleasure is something of a miracle..." Gary Krist, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A funny and charming first novel....Pure pleasure." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Tom Perotta is a graduate of Yale and teaches writing at Harvard. In addition to The Wishbones, he is the author of Election and Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Enigma1414, December 10, 2006 (view all comments by Enigma1414)
Really good book about musicians past their prime. In Dave, Perrotta creates a voice that is endearing, hilarious, and unique. A must read for the inner rock star in each of us.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399142673
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Location:
New York :
Author:
Perotta, Tom
Author:
Perrotta, Tom
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Rock groups
Subject:
New jersey
Subject:
New Jersey Fiction.
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
16-17
Publication Date:
19970505
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
290 p.
Dimensions:
8.38x5.39x1.17 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 290 p. pages G.P. Putnam's Sons,1997. - English 9780399142673 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What makes this late coming-of-age novel original and fresh is the arch, incisive humor and pop-music riffs that Perrotta adds to an old story....Even the antagonisms are gentle and funny..." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The Wishbones is a hybrid of the rhymed and the unplanned — a small-scale comedy of accommodation and unresolution that's full of loopiness and warmth. Like Bad Haircut, Perrotta's 1994 collection of stories, it's a minor work but a major pleasure."
"Review" by , "Just like a good rock 'n' roll song, Perrotta's first novel...is straight-ahead, unpretentious entertainment....Like Nick Hornsby's High Fidelity, The Wishbones is a smart, very funny look at one man's ambivalence toward adulthood and commitment..."
"Review" by , "By all reasonable standards, Dave Raymond and his companions should qualify as first-class losers....That they instead constitute a vastly appealing cast of characters whose doings are a source of unalloyed reading pleasure is something of a miracle..."
"Review" by , "A funny and charming first novel....Pure pleasure."
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