New to Kindle: Books by Michael Chabon
“I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period.” —Michael Chabon
One of America’s most distinctive voices, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon has been called “a magical prose stylist” by the New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament. For the very first time, five of his works are available on Kindle.
The collection includes novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys, story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth, and essay collection Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing along the Borderlands. Longtime fans and readers new to Chabon will appreciate the offerings. Need help deciding? Pick your reading style (long or short form, fiction or non-fiction), or grab them all:
Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty-four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was a major critical and commercial success. His sensational debut relates the coming-of-age story of Art Bechstein, a recent college graduate whose life is forever changed by one sultry summer. Insightful and energetic, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh beautifully renders the hard edges of a blue-collar city and the charm of its local characters.
Wonder Boys is Chabon’s 1995 bestseller: an extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, and a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class. Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction.
In Chabon's first story collection, A Model World, the author reveals lives anchored in fantasy—but disrupted by surprising realities. In these eleven elegant tales, characters hold tight to private dreams even as their closest relationships crumble. Graceful, witty, and moving, the stories of A Model World helped establish Chabon as one of America’s most distinctive fiction writers and prose stylists.
Werewolves in Their Youth is Chabon’s second story collection, about couples and families suffused with yearning but crippled by broken love. Paralysis in the face of insight afflicts many characters in this stunning volume. At times darkly funny, and others achingly beautiful, Werewolves in Their Youth renders the sad compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth.
In the essay collection Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing along the Borderlands, Chabon asserts his literary manifesto: “I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period.” For Chabon, the stories that give us great pleasure are in many ways our truest, best art—the building blocks of our shared imagination. Chabon’s emphatic mission is to explore the reasons we tell each other tales, and to offer a glimpse of his own history as reader and writer.