Beautiful and charismatic, nineteen-year-old Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love. The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall under Checker's spell. But when another drummer, Eaton Striker, hears the prodigy play, he is pulled inexorably into Checker's orbit by a powerful combination of envy and admiration. Soon The Derailleurs, too, are torn apart by latent jealousies that Eaton does his utmost to bring alive.
About the Author
Lionel Shriver is the author of nine novels, as well as a journalist for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Daily Telegraph, among many other publications. An international bestseller, We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Lionel lives in London and New York City.