Moon­glow

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Michael Chabon

Fourth Es­tate, 448 pages, €11.99 In­spired by the au­thor’s con­ver­sa­tions with his dy­ing grand­fa­ther, this fic­tion-cum-mem­oir chron­i­cles the life of Chabon’s grand­par­ents. His grand­fa­ther is a World War II sol­dier, en­gi­neer and rocket en­thu­si­ast who mar­ries a trou­bled Jewish sur­vivor from France and lives a chal­leng­ing, no­madic life in a post-war Amer­ica un­der­go­ing great change. The story shifts in time between the 1930s and 1980s and the play­ful­ness that Chabon fans have come to ex­pect from such books as Won­der Boys and The Amaz­ing Adventures of Kava­lier and Clay is present and cor­rect. The Pulitzer Prize-win­ning nov­el­ist also explores the bound­aries between fact and fic­tion and the point where mem­ory gives way to make-be­lieve.

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