50 Book Pledge Featured Read: Moonglow


Another week, another featured read! This week’s 50 Book Pledge pick is Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Let’s review, shall we??

“Author’s Note:

In preparing this memoir, I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to conform with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it.” 


Moonglow was my first introduction to Michael Chabon and I definitely understand why everyone loves him. I was immediately drawn into the story purely based on the concept of the faux-memoir. The line between fiction and memoir are blurred so fantastically that I have to wonder just how much of the story truly is fiction.

I have to wonder because the genesis of Moonglow, like so many other works of fiction, comes from Chabon’s personal experience. The week before his grandfather died Chabon was privy to a slew of deathbed stories and confessions. In Moonglow, the narrator finds himself in precisely the same scenario – hearing stories and learning tidbits of his grandfather’s life. The narrator, like Chabon, learns things he never knew about his grandfather and their family and readers are taken on a journey of family history – and family secrets for that matter – from childhood mischief to the adventures of war. Plus everything in between and beyond.

Every character you meet in this story will stick with you. More than once I caught myself wondering about Grandma and her Fortune-Telling Cards for Witches. Or Creasey and the girl from the circus. I was invested the moment I met every character. Quite frankly I often forgot that I wasn’t reading a memoir.

If you’re a fan of the mockumentary (mock-documentary) you’re definitely going to want to give this faux-memoir a try. Just be prepared to feel all the feels.


So Michael Chabon fans, what do you think? Is Moonglow everything you wanted it to be? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet @SavvyReader!

Moonglow by Michael Chabon is our 50 Book Pledge Featured Read. Add it to your 50 Book Pledge shelf today!


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