The Wishbones

The Wishbones

Book - 1997
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A thirty-one-year-old rock'n'roll guitarist decides to get married, only to begin an affair with Gretchen, a New York poet, and finds himself torn between letting his dreams die and having a steady gig

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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.

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A thirty-one-year-old rock'n'roll guitarist decides to get married, only to begin an affair with Gretchen, a New York poet, and finds himself torn between letting his dreams die and having a steady gig. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997.
ISBN: 9780399142673
0399142673
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 22 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 27, 2014

Dave, no longer all that young, still dreams of being a rock star and can't quite fathom the fact that he's about to be married. If you, too, aren't convinced that you are grown up yet, this story will make you laugh. Described on the flyleaf as "Diner meets the Commitments," I would add that it was "written by Ann Beattie's male counterpart."

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Dawngiac
Feb 24, 2012

Like all Perotta novels, a very entetaining light read.

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