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.
"Mr. Chabon's descriptive powers are breathtaking: his similes are gorgeous, his sentences are long, graceful and chockfull of colorful lists and bits of arcana." Elizabeth Benedict, The New York Times Book Review
"This collection of 11 stories by the author of the well-received Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Morrow, 1988) should help cement Chabon's status as one of the best of America's young fiction writers....If he keeps developing, he will become a major force in American fiction." Library Journal
Chabon's first collection of short fiction includes the stories "A Model World" and "Millionaires," and a story cycle about a family in crisis, called "The Lost World." Nine of the stories originally appeared in The New Yorker.