Moonglow

Moonglow

eBook - 2016
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A tale inspired by long-buried family history imparts the deathbed revelation of an ancestor's involvement in a mail-order novelty company famed for ads in mid-20th-century periodicals and the family's experiences around World War II and the space program in culturally divided regions of America.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal • An NBCC Finalist for 2016 Award for Fiction • ALA Carnegie Medal Finalist for Excellence in Fiction • Wall Street Journal’s Best Novel of the Year • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year • An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Slate Best Book of the Year • A Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Fiction Book of the Year • A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year • A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year • A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year • A New York Post Best Book of the Year

iBooks Novel of the Year • An Amazon Editors' Top 20 Book of the Year • #1 Indie Next Pick • #1 Amazon Spotlight Pick • A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A BookPage Top Fiction Pick of the Month • An Indie Next Bestseller

"This book is beautiful.” A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review

Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us.

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

 Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

 From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.



Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062225573
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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Beautifully written memoir of the author's grandfather.


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COURIER3
Aug 07, 2017

Could not get into this book Skipped it.!

JCLMELODYK Feb 10, 2017

What great characters and amazing story. This fictional nonfiction is one of my favorite recent reads.

SPL_Shauna Jan 24, 2017

Based extremely loosely on stories Chabon's grandfather told him on his deathbed, I expected this to be a sad, sad book. It was not. Rather, it was a celebration of the many absolute characters in Chabon's family, and their extremely strange adventures through WWII and into Chabon's childhood. Moonglow is a strong offering fans of Chabon will enjoy.

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EmilyEm
Jan 03, 2017

Mike Chabon writes a seeming memoir of his grandfather, but as the book jacket says what we have is ‘a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir.’ What a story. What a grandfather and grandmother.

Be sure to read the acknowledgements! Those of us coming of age in post-WW II America will find many reminders of those years when the race to land men on the moon took the nation’s attentions and filled its dreams. Highly recommended.

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GummiGirl
Dec 27, 2016

Beautifully written, with characters and settings you won't forget.

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