Michael Chabon discusses and signs "Moonglow"

Oakland

Michael Chabon. at DIESEL, A Bookstore in OaklandDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland warmly welcomes Michael Chabon back to the store to discuss and sign his new book, Moonglow on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm. **Please note** This is a ticketed event. Attendance to this event is free, but each copy of Moonglow purchased reserves one seat. Reserved seats are held until the start of the event, at which point standing guests are invited to fill vacant places. Please contact DIESEL at 510-653-9965 with questions.

Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure and the forces that work to destroy us.

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother's home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon's grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as my grandfather. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator's grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, and from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the American Century, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. 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 is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Photo Credit- Benjamin Tice Smith

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Moonglow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062225559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016