Michael Chabon

Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York 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 non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring and his most moving.

Reviews of Moonglow

  • Funny, moving and tremendously entertaining, Moonglow is suitably dappled with light and shade. Perhaps, above all, this is a novel about the narratives we construct for ourselves and the need we have for them, one that confirms Chabon not just as an irresistible tale-teller, but also a master’ Daily Mail

    ‘”It doesn’t add up to anything,” stated the grandfather, as he looks back at his life. “It doesn’t mean anything.” Luminous with love, Moonglow is here to show us that it does.’ Irish Independent

    ‘Very charming and very readable’ Sunday Times

    ‘A cracker…comparable to the young Paul Auster … It’s as intriguing as a locked room mystery, but in keeping with Chabon’s canon, also has a heart the size of an elephant’ Big Issue

    ‘A wondrous book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory … A thoroughly enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows’ The Washington Post

    A rich and exotic confection. Too strict a recipe would have spoiled the charm of this layer cake of nested memories and family legends … This book is beautiful’ New York Times Book Review

    A poignant, engrossing triumph’ People

    ‘Elegiac and deeply poignant … A tapestry that’s as complicated, beautiful and flawed as an antique carpet …Chabon is one of contemporary literature’s most gifted prose stylists … In Moonglow, he writes with both lovely lyricism and highly caffeinated fervor’ Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

    ‘Chabon is virtuoso’ Irish Times

    ‘Moving, wry, thoroughly entertaining’ FT

    ‘Much of Moonglow feels Dickensian in style, and as with Dickens it is rich in sentiment. This is to the novel’s credit … Exquisite’ TLS

    ‘Beautifully written … a handsome piece of work’ Philip Hensher, Guardian

    ‘Compelling…Chabon’s storytelling is so characteristically exuberant, the narratives so unfailingly rich’ Telegraph