Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon [FIRST EDITION / 1995]
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
FIRST EDITION / SECOND PRINTING  VILLARD BOOKS
Dust jacket is excellent; mild shelf wear. Book itself has a few stains to boards / cover [color drain on cloth from water]; Contents read like new.
Inscription on title page. Fairly certain it's not from Mike Chabon, but unable to verify.
In his first novel since The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Chabon presents a hilarious and heartbreaking work—the story of the friendship between the "wonder boys"—Grady, an aging writer who has lost his way, and Crabtree, whose relentless debauchery is capsizing his career.
Grady Tripp is a pot-bellied, pot-smoking, over-sexed, aging novelist, struggling to finish the long-awaited follow-up to his award-winning novel. He teaches creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while battling with his 2000-page masterpiece, Wonder Boys.
But a visit from his rumbustious, bizarre editor, Terry Crabtree, initiates a chaotic weekend, an odyssey, on which they are joined by Grady's brilliant student, his pregnant mistress and a beautiful student lodger, and which involves a tuba, a dead dog, Marilyn Monroe's jacket and a squashed boa constrictor.
The result is a hilarious, poignant search for past promise, future fame and a purpose to Grady's life.