Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon

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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. In the title story, a boy named Paul does nothing to protect his feral friend Timothy from the scorn of teachers and classmates alike, even though he knows the reasons for Timothy’s irritating games. In other stories, a young alpha couple sees a future together in the defects of a house up for sale, a heartbroken thief finds his ex-girlfriend’s grandma to be an easy mark, and a man drifts away from a wife who has experienced a terrible misfortune. 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.
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About Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon is the author of two novels, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys, and of a previous collection of stories, A Model World. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.
Published December 20, 2011 by Open Road Media. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some of the pieces move uncomfortably to the edges of surrealism, where they—re carried too far: “House Hunting,” for example (an unhappy young married couple copulate in the bedroom of a house shown to them by a demented real estate agent), and the title story (revealing what happens when two bo...

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As a result, Timothy attacks a fellow student and is reassigned to a ""Special School."" The closing tale, ""In the Black Mill,"" presented as a story by August Van Zorn, a writer Chabon invented in Wonder Boys, is a brilliant riff on pulp horror tales featuring an archeologist who unearths the t...

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The clever and sharply crafted verbal confections in Chabon's prose offer promise that isn't entirely fulfilled in Werewolves in Their Youth, a book of short fiction focused on domestic dysfunction and anomie.

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