You read that right -- a pre-publication readalong of Michael Chabon's newest novel, Telegraph Avenue, hosted by As the Crowe Flies (and Reads).
I'll be honest, I don't often participate in readalongs. Despite their appeal, I've come to recognize that my reading habits don't generally lend themselves to others' reading schedules. I read sporadically, five minutes here and five hours there, and I am a total book polygamist (I think I have eight books in progress at the moment). But because of the small group nature of this particular readalong, I thought it seemed like a good fit--plus I was intrigued by the pre-publication nature of this project. What is it like to write weekly about a book that hasn't been published yet? We'll see!
All that being said, I actually know very little about Telegraph Avenue, beside the fact that it was written by Michael Chabon. In the interest of going into this book as I would any other (that is, without researching it first), I plan to keep it that way. But here's what I do know:
- I fell in love with Michael Chabon's writing when I read Summerland years ago. I fell even more in love with it when I read Kavalier and Clay. I fell a little bit out of love when I picked up Gentlemen of the Road (which I don't think I ever finished). I haven't read Chabon's other works.
- I take Telegraph Avenue (though not the same one, as apparently the book is set in California) to get to the airport from my house.
- The cover is baller. The book is 480 pages long, and will be released on September 11, 2012.
I'll be posting Tuesday of each week through the end of July. Along the way, if you're interested in pre-ordering a copy for yourself, find one at an independent bookstore near you. Or order from Odyssey Bookshop today!