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The Wishbones Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Everybody knows someone like Dave, but a real-life puer aeternus is rarely as entertaining as Perrotta's fictional one. Perrotta wisely surrounds his sad-sack protagonist with an array of entertaining supporting characters, from a joint-smoking priest to one of Dave's band-mates whose life work is a musical based on Kennedy's assassination. By the time The Wishbones winds down to its well-deserved end, readers will be wishing for a second novel from Tom Perrotta soon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story involves Dave Raymond, the 31-year old lead guitarist for "The Wishbones," a wedding band in which Dave feels both stuck and exhilarated. He has his own pre-wedding anxieties, as he finally proposes to his high school sweetheart, and then worries that he will settle into a bland suburban life sans music. At a gig, he meets Gretchen (nom de plume: Marlene Fragment!), an aspiring bohemian poet, who seems Dave's last chance at prolonging and preventing some touch choices.
Perrota is great at irony, and he almost overplays this, but the book moves so quickly that one doesn't mind. Although some of the book covers familiar "rites of passage" decisions, there's some outrageous (and I've heard, fairly realistic) wedding scenes, an unexpectedly tense gig with an unusual audience, and the musical aspirations of the singer (think "Springtime for Hitler," but in somewhat better taste. I liked the comparable "High Fidelity" more; it better captures the depth of rock and roll obsession, but this is close--An appealingly light look at marriage, weddings, and some awful 70's music. Highly recommended.
An interesting story that kept my attention. Two things, though, stretched my belief. First, if Julie is so wonderful and beautiful, there's no way she's staying with someone like Dave for 15 years. Second, there was a scene in which The Wishbones mistakenly find themselves as a houseband for neo-nazis. I think Perrotta was trying too hard here and not staying true to the anally meticulous character "Artie," the manager and sax player of the band, who would never have contracted to be anybody's house band without doing a little research on who the band would be playing for.
In any event, Perrotta is one of the most fun authors around to read, and I'm one who can be included as a fan, even though I think he has yet to write that elusive five star novel (at least the way I rate things).
Aside from Dave, the other characters in the band each have their own story arc, well-painted by Tom Perrotta. Though I didn't find The Wishbones as funny as Perrotta's later novel Joe College, there was something poignant and almost naïve about it that was missing in the other work. A definite must-read for those who came of age in the 80's.
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Perrotta is always fun to read. He has such an easy style and understands men and women. He often reminds me of Nick Hornby and this is similar yo HIGH FIDELITY in several ways. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by L. Thorson
Tom Perrotta has a very cinematic writing style. By that, I mean that he has a distinct way of starting nearly every episode of his story at its most dramatic moment, then flashing... Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Rand Bishop
I'm a fan of Tom Perotta. I especially admire his ability to get ahead of social trends in his books. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by Alan A. Elsner
Reading "The Wishbones" by Tom Perrotta makes it easy to see the early evolvement of his man-boy characters that the author has perfected over the past decade. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by RCM
Meet The Wishbones, a wedding band. These guys have been together for a long time, playing all sorts of events calling for a live band. Read more
I loved this book. In fact, I loved it so much I went out and bought four copies of it for my guitar playing friends. Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by Up The Stairs
For Context:I read all the time and am a big fan of Nabokov, Robbins, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Hesse among others. Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by J. Broussard
I am a little bit torn in my rating for the book. For the sheer enjoyment of the read, I give it a five. Read morePublished on October 28, 2007 by A. M. Rosa
I had formerly read Little Children...this book is somewhat different. It was a very quick and entertaining, and had very memorable and interesting characters, but it didn't delve... Read morePublished on August 8, 2007 by C. Skvarce