Thirty-one-year-old Dave Raymond has an adoring girlfriend who's stuck by him since high school, and a steady gig as guitarist for The Wishbones, a New Jersey wedding band. He still lives with his parents, but that's a small price to pay for the freedom to play the music he loves. Granted, The Wishbones aren't the E Street Band, but all in all, life's been good to him so far. Dave's world changes the day three little words fly from his mouth: "Let's get married." His marital ambivalence takes a perilous turn when he embarks on an affair with Gretchen, a New York City poet. Dave finds himself torn between Gretchen and his fiancee, Julie, and the two sides of his own personality they represent. Is he an artist after all, a bohemian trapped in a suburbanite's body? Should he chuck his wedding band and follow his rock-'n'-roll dream? Or is he just an average Joe who should happily accept life with a loving wife and a center-hall colonial near the mall? And then there are the other Wishbones: Buzzy, the hard-drinking bass player whose roots are in heavy metal but whose heart belongs to his wife and kids; Stan, the brokenhearted drummer/accordionist; and Ian, the talented singer who's recently, improbably, completed a musical about the JFK assassination. Together the band careens toward a collective destiny as Dave fumbles toward his wedding day.
Berkley / Nal
April 01, 1998
5.16 X 8.08 X 0.86 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author
Tom Perrotta is the author of The Leftovers, The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Election, and Nine Inches, among other works of fiction. Election was made into the acclaimed 1999 movie directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Little Children was released as a movie directed by Todd Field and starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly in 2006, and for which Perrotta received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best screenplay. He also serves as an executive producer for the HBO(R) series The Leftovers, based on his novel.