Friday, July 06, 2007

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

by Michael Chabon

How can I describe this novel? The plot isn’t complicated—it’s the story of one man’s summer after graduating from college. It’s a lazy summer for Art Bechstein: working at a bookstore, hanging out with friends, occasionally meeting his mobster father for dinner. Yep, that’s right: Art’s daddy is a mobster.

And his friends? They’re a wee bit strange, too. He meets Arthur at the library, and Arthur introduces him to Phlox, Cleveland, and Jane. None of these people are normal by any stretch of the imagination. What follows is a summer of love, intrigue, and just plain weirdness in Pittsburgh.

While I enjoyed this novel, I’m not really sure about recommending it to someone.


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