Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

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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, two semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half… (more)

Editorial reviews (8 reviews)


Telegraph Avenue is a romp, an astounding, radiant, triumphant novel.

Chabon has set out to present his readers with a slice-of-life portrait of a neighborhood at a crossroads. The problem is that Telegraph Avenue is no mere slice — it's an entire deep-dish pie of humanity, packed with prose capable of dazzling us even as it leaves us feeling overstuffed and logy.

It’s a quiet call not for a blind fight against homogenization or gentrification, but to hope for some sort of continuity, a single, simple place where people can gather to talk and laugh, and it’ll be just like old times.

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Book Details  


Publisher: HarperCollins (September 11, 2012)

Collection: Harper

Format: EPUB

Page count: 480 pages

File size: 1.1 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2012

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