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Moonglow

by Michael Chabon

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Moonglow by Michael Chabon
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2016, 448 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2017, 464 pages

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Davida Chazan

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A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.

Michael Chabon's latest novel is somewhat of a throwback to his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which takes the form of a pseudo-memoir, relying heavily on beefing up historical events by including fictional scenes and conversations. In Moonglow the story is very personal, basing the protagonist on Chabon's own grandfather, and placing himself and several other members of his family squarely in the novel as part of its cast of characters. The essence of the story comes from the ten days prior to his grandfather's death, when he came to live with Chabon's mother (his stepdaughter), and used that time to tell Chabon stories of his past.

One of the things that fascinated me with Kavilier & Clay is also an issue of consequence in this book – how much research, in so many areas, must have gone into them. In Moonglow some of the subjects include...

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