Wonder Boys

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  • Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 28 March 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857024052
  • ISBN 13: 9781857024050
  • Sales rank: 28,609

Product description

A deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, WONDER BOYS is a modern classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY. Grady Tripp is an over-sexed, pot-bellied, pot-smoking, ageing wunderkind of a novelist now teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while working on his 2,000-page masterpiece, WONDER BOYS. When his rumbustious editor and friend, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town, a chaotic weekend follows - involving a tuba, a dead dog, Marilyn Monroe's ermine-lined jacket and a squashed boa constrictor. A novel of elegant imagination, bold humour and undeniable warmth, WONDER BOYS firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction.

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Author information

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, 'A Model World' and 'Werewolves in their Youth', the novels 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh', 'Wonder Boys', 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay', 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' and 'Telegraph Avenue', and the non-fiction books 'Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs'. 'Wonder Boys' has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.

Review quote

'The natural exuberance and extravagance of Chabon's writing is matched by dazzling wit.' Sunday Telegraph 'A deliriously funny novel...Chabon's elegant style, perfectly realised characters and comic vision combine to make the most enjoyable novel of the year.' Esquire 'A wonderfully teasing comic novel...Chabon juggles all these preoccupations with a quirky deftness he employs in his first novel.' Independent '"Wonder Boys" is a superb creation, a raucously comic yet deeply lyrical work. Chabon has evolved into a seriously funny writer, a master of the comic set-up.' Sunday Times

Editorial reviews

Acclaimed author Grady Tripp, struggling with middle age and writer's block, is hurled into a chaotic weekend of blackly comic events involving drugs, dead pets, Marilyn Monroe's jacket and a death-obsessed student with a Frank Capra fixation. All the disasters that beset Grady serve only to highlight the deep flaws in his relationships with his wife, his mistress, his drug-addled gay best friend - who also happens to be his editor - and, most crucially, with his long-awaited magnum opus, a novel titled Wonder Boys... The author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh confirms his reputation as one of America's rising literary stars with this complex and inventive work of honesty, vigour and sadness, and some very, very funny moments indeed. (79-16) (Kirkus UK)

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