Title: Wonder Boys
Publisher: Villard, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing, First Edition
Black paper-covered boards with black backstrip and red metallic lettering. Minor bump to head and heel of spine. Text is clean and bright, no marks. Unclipped DJ shows hint of edgewear, light bump to upper corners. The story of James Leer, a troubled young "wonder boy" whose obsession with Hollywood suicides leads him to commit a pair of startling crimes. Therby his destiny becomes entangled with that of his writing teacher, Grady Tripp, a former prodigy whose penchant for self-destruction is exceeded only by the twenty-six hundred pages of his unfinished magnum opus, Wonder Boys- a leviathan of a novel that is devouring his life. (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # A11714
Synopsis: A modern classic, now in a welcome new edition, Wonder Boys firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction. At once a deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, this novel introduces two unforgettable characters: Grady Tripp, a former publishing prodigy now lost in a fog of pot and passion and stalled in the midst of his endless second book, and Grady?s student, James Leer, a budding writer obsessed with Hollywood self-destruction and struggling with his own searching heart. All those who love Michael Chabon?s The Yiddish Policemen?s Union and his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay will find the same elegant imagination, bold humor, and undeniable warmth at work in Wonder Boys.
?[A] wise, wildly funny story . . . Chabon is a flat-out wonderful writer? evocative and inventive, pointed and poignant.?
?Whether making us laugh or making us feel the breathtaking impermanence of things, Michael Chabon keeps us wide awake and reading.?
?All Things Considered
?Beguiling and wickedly smart . . . There is first-rate satirical farce in Chabon?s novel but essentially it is something rarer: satirical comedy.?
?Los Angeles Times Book Review
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author: Michael Chabon is the author of Wonder Boys, which won universal critical acclaim and was made into a feature film starring Michael Douglas. Entertainment Weekly included his latest, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, on its list of the best books of 2000. Both are available from Brilliance Audio. He received his B.A. from The University of Pittsburgh and his M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. He lives with his wife and two children in California.
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