First-novelist Chabon, with "distinctive vision" and "an elegiac, graceful style," spins a story about alienated youth that, while serving up some familiar details of sex, alcohol and drugs, "fully engages the reader in the lives of an appealing cast of characters," said PW .
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'A strikingly accomplished debut' -- Sunday Times 'His style has an enviable suppleness and fluency which offers the perfect vehicle for the moral feints and shifts of the cool crowd he portrays' -- TLS 'Hard as it is to write about youth when you're young, Chabon has done it brilliantly' -- Cosmopolitan 'Mingles wit, sex and fine writing' -- Sunday Telegraph 'His control over his story, the wonderful use he makes of each description, of Pittsburgh itself, are often astonishing...a young writer with a tremendous skill' -- New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
It's really wonderful to see the beginnings of Michael Chabon's signature style emerge in this tender, often funny coming of age story. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2011 by lotara
The story is very interesting, I just love it. Strongly recommend you to read it.Published on Oct. 2 2010 by Catherinechueng
I read this book when it first came out, years ago, and felt compelled to response to some of the comments here. This is my first Amazon review. Read morePublished on May 26 2004
This was my second read from Chabon and while "Wonder Boys" made me a fan, I was a little disappointed with this one. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Kelly Thompson
I am such a big fan of Wonder Boys (ha! you thought I was going to say Kavalier & Clay, didn't you? Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by "polargruven"
first of all i read this book after reading The wonder boys, another fantasic book. I live in pittsburgh which partly made me love this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Nell
This is the last Chabon book that I've read (even though it was his first) and he consistently proves himself a genius in my eyes. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by JR Pinto
It is probably my fault for expecting too much of a first novel. After reading Kavalier and Clay, I fell in love with Chabon's superb style and eloquence, and decided to read The... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by RV