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The Resource Moonglow : A Novel, Michael Chabon

Moonglow : A Novel, Michael Chabon

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Moonglow : A Novel
Title
Moonglow
Title remainder
A Novel
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Michael Chabon
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eng
Summary
"This book is beautiful."--A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review"An exuberant meld of fiction and family history."--Hamilton Cain, O MagazineFollowing 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
Summary
A grandson sits by his dying grandfather’s bedside as his grandfather slowly reveals the light and shadows of a marriage and of a family that kept secrets as a way of life. He learns of his grandmother’s life growing up during World War II; her coming to America and living with a man who kept to himself, even lying to her about his short time in prison. Chabon’s signature style includes carefully observed characters that are both new and familiar and shimmering prose that reflects and refracts light much as moonlight does. -- Jennifer Winberry for LibraryReads
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • Sophie Brody Medal, 2017.
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Dewey number
813
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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Moonglow : A Novel, Michael Chabon
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2395288
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Label
Moonglow : A Novel, Michael Chabon
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2395288
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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ocn964523200
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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unknown
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online
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9780062225573
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia.
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not applicable
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Stock number
A3884559-703D-440E-82CB-D25DD370C2C7
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(OCoLC)964523200

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