Telegraph Avenue (2012) by Michael Chabon
Longtime friends and bandmates worry about the impending doom a megastore may cause for their record store, while navigating the trails and tribulations of their individual lives and struggling to keep their friendship in tact.
“The novel’s central metaphor is jazz, soul and funk music: how it saturates the lives of those who make it, how it shapes the sensibilities of those who obsessively consume and collect it, and how it nurtures fervent, fractious communities like the one that exists in and around Brokeland, a dusty record store threatened by the imminent arrival of a vast urban mall.” – Glen Weldon for NPR
“Chabon’s employment of potboiler techniques keeps the book breathlessly readable, as his best work always is” – Todd VanDerWerff for A.V. Club