• Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 10, 2013)
As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there—longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half temple—stands Brokeland.
When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complications to the couples’ already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe’s life.
Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and Gentlemen of the Road, as well as the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth and the essay collections Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. He is the chairman of the board of the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Michael’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 10th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, September 11th: Turn the Page
Tuesday, September 17th: guiltless reading
Monday, September 23rd: red headed book child
Tuesday, September 24th: missris
Wednesday, September 25th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, September 26th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, September 30th: What She Read …
Wednesday, October 2nd: As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
Thursday, October 3rd: From L.A. to LA
Monday, October 7th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, October 8th: Nite Lite
Wednesday, October 9th: Too Fond
Friday, October 11th: The House of the Seven Tails
Friday, November 1st: 50 Books Project