"An exuberant meld of fiction and family history.... It's the caliber of his writing-evocative sentences and indelible metaphors-that gives the novel its luster.... Moonglow prisms through a single life the desires and despair of the Greatest Generation, whose small steps and giant leaps continue to shape us all."--Hamilton Cain, O Magazine
"A wondrous book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory....A thoroughly enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows, about the accidents that redirect it, and about the secrets that can be felt but never seen, like the dark matter at the center of every family's cosmos."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Mix[es] in generous dollops of meaning, a sprinkling of fancy metaphors and an abundance of beautiful sentences so that it becomes a rich and exotic confection. Too strict a recipe would have spoiled the charm of this layer cake of nested memories and family legends.... This book is beautiful."--A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, cover review
"A flamboyantly imaganitive work of fiction dressed in the sheep's clothing of autobiography....His most confident and complex performance....Moonglow is a movingly bittersweet novel that balances wonder with lamentation."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"Like The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, and especially The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this is classic Chabon: an intensely personal story uplifted by the shifting tectonic plates of truth and memory, floating atop his inimitably crafted, sometimes audacious, always original prose."--Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review, Spotlight Pick
"A poignant, engrossing triumph."--People
"An often rollicking, ultimately moving read. And like the song, it's liable to stay with you."--Heller McAlpin, NPR.org
"Absolutely brilliant.... Stylistically and emotionally, Moonglow took our breath away over and over."--iBooks Review
"His prose is as luminous as ever."--Entertainment Weekly
From the Inside Flap
An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried.
Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord?
What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.?
What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany?
And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war?