Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
Not since Kavalier and Clay have I found myself so smitten with Chabon’s work. There have been many happy times in between, for sure, but there was just something completely different and compelling about Telegraph Avenu. It made me stop and think of the good old days. The two stories have absolutely nothing in common aside from Chabon’s exquisite storytelling. It’s a talent that cuts immediately to the philosophical and personal hearts of his characters, be they refugee adolescents or aging Californian hipsters.
Centered around two record store owners, lords of their threatened community corner-stone, as well as their wives, midwives in hot water of their own, the book takes a big chunk out of human nature and spits if back out in a fantastically brilliant satire of emotion. It’s a bit of Empire Records meets Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives but really it’s nothing to do with either one. Like all of Chabon’s previous books, if you’re looking for a plot, look elsewhere. I mean, you’ll find one, somewhere, here, but it’s not really the main force at the wheel. The characters, as usual, are the main focus and the elements of the book that will ultimately stay with the reader (at least I know they’ll stay with me) long after the last page.
Whatever the platform or context of his incredibly designed and inherently flawed characters, Chabon remains one of my favorite writers and I beg you to pick up Telegraph Avenue if he is still unknown to your library.
About Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps and Legends,and Gentlemen of the Road.
He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Check out the rest of the Telegraph Tour at the blogs below!
Michael’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 11th: Layers of Thought
Wednesday, September 12th: The Year in Books
Thursday, September 13th: Book Him Danno!
Friday, September 14th: The Scarlet Letter
Monday, September 17th: she treads softly
Tuesday, September 18th: Book Addict Katie
Wednesday, September 19th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Thursday, September 20th: The House of the Seven Tails
Monday, September 24th: Dreaming in Books
Tuesday, September 25th: The Written World
Wednesday, September 26th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Thursday, September 27th: An Unconventional Librarian
Monday, October 1st: The Book Garden
Tuesday, October 2nd: Man of La Book
Wednesday, October 3rd: The Well-Read Wife
Thursday, October 4th: Lit and Life
Friday, October 5th: Book Club Classics!