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Telegraph Avenue

Chabon, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0061493341 / ISBN 13: 9780061493348
Published by Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2012
Condition: As New Hardcover
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468pp. Shiny silver boards with silver lettering on spine, shaped by black outlines of letters; black endpapers. Glossy red dustwrapper not price-clipped ($27.99) with yellow LP-label illustration on both covers, with holes in dustwrapper corresponding to center LP hole, title lettering in black over white, author name in white over red, susperimposed on the LP "label"; gold 1 1/2" "Signed First Edition" sticker still affixed at lower left front cover. Publisher's tipped-in signature page, flatsigned by author at foot of page. No previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005238

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Title: Telegraph Avenue

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Flatsigned by Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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“An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

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As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there—longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half temple—stands Brokeland.

When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe's life.

An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own, Telegraph Avenue is the great American novel we've been waiting for. Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet.

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