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Michael Chabon

American novelist, short story writer, essayist

Michael Chabon ( SHAY-bon; born May 24, 1963) is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer. Born in Washington, DC, Chabon spent a year studying at Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1984. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine. Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was published when he was 25. He followed it with Wonder Boys (1995), and two short-story collections. In 2000, Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a novel that John Leonard would later call Chabon's magnum opus. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. His novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, an alternate history mystery novel, was published in 2007 and won the Hugo, Sidewise, Nebula and Ignotus awards; his serialized novel Gentlemen of the Road appeared in book form in the fall of that same year. In 2012 Chabon published Telegraph Avenue, billed as "a twenty-first century Middlemarch," concerning the tangled lives of two families in the Bay Area of San Francisco in the year 2004. Chabon followed Telegraph Avenue in November 2016 with his latest novel, Moonglow, a fictionalized memoir of his maternal grandfather, based upon his deathbed confessions under the influence of powerful painkillers in Chabon's mother's California home in 1989. Chabon's work is characterized by complex language, the frequent use of metaphor along with recurring themes, including nostalgia, divorce, abandonment, fatherhood, and most notably issues of Jewish identity. He often includes gay, bisexual, and Jewish characters in his work. Since the late 1990s, Chabon has written in an increasingly diverse series of styles for varied outlets; he is a notable defender of the merits of genre fiction and plot-driven fiction, and, along with novels, he has published screenplays, children's books, comics, and newspaper serials.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Novel by Michael Chabon, published in 2000; awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001

author: Michael Chabon

2000

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

novel by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

2007

Telegraph Avenue

Michael Chabon fiction novel

author: Michael Chabon

2012

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

novel by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

1988

Manhood for Amateurs

book by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

2009

Maps and Legends

book by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

2008

Werewolves in Their Youth

book by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

1999

Gentlemen of the Road

novel by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

2007

A Model World and Other Stories

book by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

1991

Summerland

book by Michael Chabon

author: Michael Chabon

2002

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