Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon

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Chabon’s dazzling first story collection 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. Five stories follow Nathan Shapiro from the spoiled beach vacation where he learns of his parents’ divorce through his anxious adolescence and a woefully misguided crush. Other stories find ex-lovers tormenting each other at an oceanside café, a has-been baseball pro at the funeral of a more successful teammate, and a Pittsburgh disc jockey still pining for a woman who married him to get her American citizenship. 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. This ebook features a biography of the author.
 

About Michael Chabon

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An American novelist and short-story writer, Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C., in 1963. The son of a pediatrician and a lawyer, Chabon grew up in Columbia, Maryland, and spent his summers with his father in Pittsburgh. Chabon received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and went on to get his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California at Irvine. Chabon found success at the age of 24, when William Morrow publishing house offered him $155,000, a near-record sum, for the rights to his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was Chabon's thesis in graduate school. After Pittsburgh became a national best-seller, Chabon began writing a series of short stories about a little boy dealing with his parents' divorce. The stories, which in part appeared in The New Yorker and G.Q., were bound together in 1991 into a volume titled A Model World And Other Stories. Chabon has also written articles for The New York Times and Vogue. In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His title The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller list for 2011.
 
Published December 20, 2011 by Open Road Media. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An exceptional collection of short stories follows Chabon's well received debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh . These subtly ironic tales have a brevity and clarity that allows Chabon's bitterswe

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Chabon, acclaimed author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , offers a collection of understated, ironic tales about people seeking acceptance.

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An exceptional collection of short stories follows Chabon's well received debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh .

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Entertainment Weekly

Chabon sums up Ira's situation in a way that encapsulates his own theory of love's mystery: Ira ''had yet to fall in love to the degree that he felt he was capable of falling, had never written villanelles or declarations veiled in careful metaphor, nor sold his blood plasma to buy champagne...

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The buoyancy and wit that marked Chabon's debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, is evident from the first sentence in this short story collection: "On the morning of his cousin's wedding Ira performed his toilet, as he always did, with patience, hope, and a ruthless punctilio."

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