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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 in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific, Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Boy’s Life. Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, 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,” Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:430 pages

    Moonglow Reviews

  • Angela M
    Oct 04, 2016

    4.5 stars Michael Charon has held a place in my literary heart ever since I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and has insured that place with his latest book. Chabon's inspiration for the...

  • Diane S ?
    Oct 15, 2016

    Memoir, fictional novel, exaggerations or just Chabon's musings, whichever way you choose to look at it, just know this book was written with a great deal of love. It shines through in the writing.As ...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 06, 2017

    "I see the hidden lovers, fates entangled like their bodies, waiting for release from the gravity that held them down all their lives."- Michael Chabon, MoonglowFantastic. I needed to chew on this for...

  • Julie
    Dec 13, 2016

    Moonglow by Michael Chabon is a 2016 Harper publication. I must admit, up front, that I’ve never a book by this author. That is not to say I don’t have his books sitting on my shelves or loaded on...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Nov 21, 2016

    Chabon’s seventh novel was inspired by his maternal grandfather’s deathbed confessions in 1989—or was it? A tongue-in-cheek author’s note refers to this as a “memoir,” and it’s narrated ...

  • Nancy
    Nov 26, 2016

    Sometimes I finish a book, and I loved it, but I feel too puny a mind to say anything to do it justice. I just am not learned enough, wise enough, deep enough. I am at a loss for words.Moonglow by Mic...

  • Sam
    Nov 19, 2016

    "I'm disappointed in myself. In my life. All my life, everything I tried, I only got halfway there. You try to take advantage of the time you have. That's what they tell you to do. But when you're ol...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Jul 25, 2016

    Every so often, there comes a book that is so heartbreakingly real and so stylistically accomplished that it makes you feel like you're never going to pick up another book again, because what would be...

  • Mike W
    Nov 24, 2016

    Said to be inspired by a stoic grandfather's sudden verbosity on his deathbed, Moonglow is fictionalized account of Chabon's family that focuses mainly on his maternal grandparents.Like Knausgaard's f...

  • Mattia Ravasi
    Dec 26, 2016

    Video-review: in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2016: most Pynchonian of all Chabon's novels, but not in the ove...