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another good book by Michael Chabon
on January 22, 2015
I picked this one up at my local bookstore because it is another Michael Chabon novel set in Pittsburgh. Those of us who grew up in Western Pennsylvania will read just about anything that deals with the region. Although this novel was written before Wonder Boys, and it seems to reflect a younger sensibility than the later book, still the grittiness of Pittsburgh is brought out nicely. I particularly liked the reference to a "cloud factory" that was in a deep ravine next to the Carnegie Museum in Oakland. I did not know any Jewish gangsters in Pittsburgh, but the law firm of the Jewish lawyer who lived on my block in nearby New Kensington represented the mafia overlord who also lived there, so if you think Chabon is making all this up, well, think again. The hero of this novel is going through a period of sexual experimentation, while also trying to deal with the fact that his father is a master crook. There is a build up to a very dramatic conclusion involving one of his friends. Another winner from Michael Chabon.