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The Wishbonesby Tom Perrotta
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"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
"A funny and charming first novel....Pure pleasure." Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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
A laugh-out-loud confessional of a novel about people who may be too old to rock 'n' roll, but who can't imagine stopping, "The Wishbones" is "unalloyed reading pleasure" ("The New York Times Book Review").
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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