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Moonglow

(2016)
A novel by

 
Following on the heels of his New York Times best-selling 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 of the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, 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 the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched, and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the 20th century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines, and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Boy's Life. Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the American Century, Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and 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 daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-00-754891-5 / 978-0-00-754891-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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November 2016 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 1-4434-1870-6 / 978-1-4434-1870-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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November 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-222555-3 / 978-0-06-222555-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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November 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Moonglow - Signed / Autographed Copy
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-257214-8 / 978-0-06-257214-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
Title: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-00-754892-3 / 978-0-00-754892-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-222556-1 / 978-0-06-222556-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2017 : Canada Paperback
Title: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 1-4434-1871-4 / 978-1-4434-1871-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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November 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Moonglow (Tpb Om)
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-00-818980-3 / 978-0-00-818980-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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November 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-246139-7 / 978-0-06-246139-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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November 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-246672-0 / 978-0-06-246672-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Moonglow Low Price CD: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-269547-9 / 978-0-06-269547-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 1-4417-2623-3 / 978-1-4417-2623-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 1-4417-2627-6 / 978-1-4417-2627-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 1-4417-2630-6 / 978-1-4417-2630-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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November 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Moonglow CD: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0-06-222559-6 / 978-0-06-222559-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   

November 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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November 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2016 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Moonglow: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Chabon
Publisher: Harper
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