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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER - by Michael Chabon, HarperCollins.

A vivid story, span­ning key events of the 20th cen­tury, as told by a dy­ing old man to his grand­son. He was a rois­terer, a charmer and a felon, ob­sessed with rock­ets and the moon. The grand­son in this book is a writer called Mike Chabon, and the old man’s life is very sim­i­lar to the real au­thor’s grand­fa­ther – but whether this is a fic­tional mem­oir or an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel mat­ters less than that it’s a won­der­ful read. We travel many paths, in­clud­ing that of the grand­mother, still car­ry­ing the num­bers from the camps, haunted by an im­age of “the skin­less horse”, where mad­ness lies. Her daugh­ter – Chabon’s mother – left with rel­a­tives when her par­ents’ mar­riage col­lapsed. Full of in­ti­ma­cies and se­crets, this bur­row­ing into fam­ily is told in high Chabon style, yet held me gripped un­til the very end.

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