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Telegraph Avenue: A Novel by Michael Chabon

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

When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, publicizes plans to construct his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it method certain doom for their inclined little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also in finding themselves caught up in a struggle for their skilled existence, one who exams the bounds of their friendship. Adding some other layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has by no means stated and the love of fifteen-year-outdated Julius Jaffe's lifestyles.

An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of traditional vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical fashion all its own, Telegraph Avenue is the good American novel we've been waiting for. Beneficiant, ingenious, humorous, moving, interesting, humane, successful, it is Michael Chabon's most brilliant guide yet.

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Writer: Michael Chabon Writer: Harper Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 480

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