Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as ‘my grandfather’. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, and, above all, of the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.
From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the American Century, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.
Each ticket to the event comes with a hardcover copy of Moonglow. Michael will be signing books only, no memorabilia. No posed photography. Depending on audience size, backlist signing may be limited at the event.