- A signed first edition of Moonglow in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
- A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Michael Chabon
- Other surprises!
Is it a memoir? Is it fiction? One thing is for sure: after reading the genre-bending Moonglow
by Michael Chabon, we knew it had to be our next Indiespensable pick. Whether dabbling in fiction, screenwriting, or even songwriting, Chabon commands attention through his vivid storytelling and keen sense for detail. It’s this precise prose that leads the reader into a world wholly realized and engrossing, be it fact, fiction, or somewhere in between. Moonglow
is an exploration of the tumultuous life of a man only referred to as "my grandfather" by the narrator Mike, who is visiting his grandfather on his deathbed. From his experience in the army hunting down the Nazi Wernher von Braun (inventor of the V-2 rocket), to his time spent in jail for nearly strangling to death a former business partner, to his deep love for an unstable woman haunted by wartime and a dark secret, the grandfather reveals the hidden stories of his life in startling detail. Moonglow
examines how secrets, and even lies, can emerge for the sake of family stability — and ultimately come to define us. It is with great pleasure that we announce Moonglow
as our selection for Indiespensable Volume 63.
"Luminous....The story builds to core revelations of wartime horror and postwar heartbreak as powerful as they come." — Library Journal (Starred Review)
"[C]harming and elegantly structured....What seduces the reader is Chabon’s language, which reinvents the world, joyously, on almost every page."
— Publishers Weekly
"His most beautifully realized novel to date....a masterful and resounding novel of the dark and blazing forces that forged our tumultuous, confounding, and precious world." — Booklist (Starred Review)