Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

Wonder Boys is the story of a very bad Thanksgiving week for an English professor who, surprisingly to him, finds that his wife is leaving him because he’s having an affair, that his lover is pregnant, and that a student of his committed a robbery and shot a dog while he, the professor, was in a haze of drugs and alcohol. So he embarks on a crazed bender, trying to shield the student and only making things worse for both of them. There’s a slew of unconventional characters, some interesting and some just trite, enough action to keep me turning the pages, but in the end not much of a novel beyond the (excellent) depiction of his soon-to-be ex-wife’s zany family.

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