The Wishbones

Tom Perrotta

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In The Wishbones, Tom Perrotta's characters are 90s adults still clinging to their 70s dreams. Thirty-one-year-old Dave Raymond has an adoring girlfriend 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.

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 is torn between Gretchen and his fiance, Julie, and the two sides of his personality they represent.

The Wishbones is laugh-out-loud confessional about people who might be too old to rock 'n' roll but just can't imagine stopping; a story filled with the revelations and fears of a man finally bidding farewell to his boyhood.

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Chapter One

Spring is not the time to leave the South. This is the season when Mississippi is truly the belle of the ball, dressed in vibrant azalea frills, white lace dogwoods, and bridal wreath. The promise of money drifts on the dirt-scented breeze that blows across freshly planted soil. For those of us with Irish blood and the heritage of farming, this is the beginning of the gambling season, when futures will rest on the unpredictable weather and the possibility of a good crop.

My great-great-grandmother Alice planted and farmed the land around Dahlia House.

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Praise for The Wishbones

"Like the Wishbones' inveterate fans, most readers will probably end up standing at the footlights, hooting for an encore."
--The New York Times
"Original and Fresh."
--Publishers Weekly
"Funny and charming ... Pure pleasure."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Just like a good rock ‘n’ roll song, Perrotta’s first novel ... is straight-ahead, unpretentious entertainment."

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Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the author of works of fiction including Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and the New York Times bestselling Joe College and Little Children. 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 lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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The Wishbones
Tom Perrotta

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2003
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593972936
ISBN10: 1593972938
Audio Run Time: 3:02

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