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.
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...
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.” —Booklist