9780425163146

The Wishbones

Tom Perrotta

ISBN 10: 0425163148 / 0-425-16314-8
ISBN 13: 9780425163146
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Everything is going pretty well for Dave Raymond. He's 31, but he still feels young. He's playing guitar with the Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band, and while it isn't exactly the Big Time, it is music. He has a roof over his head...well, it's his parents' roof, but they don't hassle him much. Life isn't perfect. But it isn't bad. Not bad at all. But then he has to blow it all by proposing to his girlfriend.

Review:
Tom Perrotta's first novel, The Wishbones, is all about that much-maligned class of 30-ish men who still live at home with their parents, guys who make furtive love to their girlfriends--if they have them at all--in the basement rec room or the back seat of a car. But Dave Raymond, the protagonist of The Wishbones, doesn't waste his time on Star Trek reruns or computer games; he spends his weekends playing in a wedding band called The Wishbones, using the rapidly receding dream of rock stardom as an excuse to put off growing up. The sudden death of a fellow musician sends Dave into something of a tailspin, however, and in a moment of weakness, he proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Julie. The engagement has hardly been announced when Dave meets Gretchen, a bridesmaid at one of the weddings at which The Wishbones play, and before long he's having serious doubts about his own marital plans.

Everybody knows someone like Dave, but a real-life puer aeternus is rarely as entertaining as Perrotta's fictional one. Perrotta wisely surrounds his sad-sack protagonist with an array of entertaining supporting characters, from a joint-smoking priest to one of Dave's band-mates whose life work is a musical based on Kennedy's assassination. By the time The Wishbones winds down to its well-deserved end, readers will be wishing for a second novel from Tom Perrotta soon.

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Book Description: Berkley Publishing Group, United States, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed. 201 x 130 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Thirty-one-year-old Dave Raymond has an adoring girlfriend who s stuck by him since high school, and a steady gig as guitarist for The Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band. He still lives with his parents, but that s a small price to pay for the freedom to play the music he loves. Granted, The Wishbones aren t the E Street Band, but all in all, life s been good to him so far. Dave s world changes the day three little words fly from his mouth: Let s get married. His marital ambivalence takes a perilous turn when he embarks on an affair with Gretchen, a New York City poet. Dave finds himself torn between Gretchen and his fiancee, Julie, and the two sides of his own personality they represent. Is he an artist after all, a bohemian trapped in a suburbanite s body? Should he chuck his wedding band and follow his rock- n -roll dream? Or is he just an average Joe who should happily accept life with a loving wife and a center-hall colonial near the mall? And then there are the other Wishbones: Buzzy, the hard-drinking bass player whose roots are in heavy metal but whose heart belongs to his wife and kids; Stan, the brokenhearted drummer/accordionist; and Ian, the talented singer who s recently, improbably, completed a musical about the JFK assassination. Together the band careens toward a collective destiny as Dave fumbles toward his wedding day. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780425163146

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