Novel written by Michael Chabon published in 1988. Unlike most other books, the paperback lacks a helpful blurb on the back cover to provide a browser with a useful synopsis. What it does have, however, is a plethora of useful comments:
"Simply, the best first novel I've read in years....It will find its place beside On the Road and Catcher in the Rye."
"Abolutely terrific...Michael Chabon continues in that great tradition (of Dickens' Our Mutual Friend and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby)....Anybody can write a realistic account of his first postgraduation summer of growing up and making love, but to make such a story the stuff of legend, as Chabon has done here (and Fitzgerald did before him), takes something close to genius."
In actuality, the novel is about finding one's self. A typical theme of the 60s, Chabon simply changes the setting. Over the course of the summer, the narrator, Arthur Bechstein, partakes in numerous "adventures" which coalesce to form a new basis of identity. Any detail with respect to those adventures would simply spoil the book.