I had been pretty firm in my "favorite novel, ever" for more than a decade (Fahrenheit 451, for the record), when, on a lark because I had a gift card, I bought The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Mainly, I was curious about a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about early comic book creators.
I was stunned, blown away. It's now unchallenged as my favorite novel, ever. I can't imagine anything replacing it.
I also cannot imagine Chabon falling from his place as my favorite writer. With each book he publishes, he embraces a different style, from the Robert E. Howard-esque Gentlemen of the Road to the Chandler homage of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. I love Chabon because he's a "serious" writer how unabashedly embraces pulp as a valid form of literature.
I cannot wait.
Here's the publisher's synopsis:
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 temple—stands Brokeland.
When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe's life