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The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta
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The Wishbones (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Tom Perrotta

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Dave Raymond, lead guitarist of New Jersey wedding band The Wishbones, dreams of rock fame. Unfortunately, the future of the band is in jeopardy. Then the Wishbones get a gig on a cable TV show fronted by a Nazi, and Dave's problems grow even more complex.
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Dave Raymond is thirty-one years old and still living with his parents in suburban New Jersey, but then again, so is his on and off girlfriend of fifteen years, Julie. They find living with their parents a drag, especially when they need to sneak around to have sex but given the circumstances, who wouldn't at that age? For Julie, living with the 'rents is a matter of convenience but for Dave it is a necessity in order to be a New York City courier by day and a wedding band musician on the weekends. The courier job is just to get him by. Playing guitar with the Wishbones is all he has ever known. So what is it that makes him upset this whole little world by announcing to Julie one night "let's get married"? Immediately he wants to stuff the words back in his mouth and pretend no such pronouncement passed his lips. Maybe that's why he starts an affair with an edgy Brooklyn poet named Gretchen. As the wedding draws near Dave is at a crossroad in his life and for the first time ever, he needs to make a mature decision. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 19, 2019 |
Not bad, not good, just kind of... eh. 2.5 stars ( )
  cait815 | Apr 1, 2013 |
This was a reread of what should be considered a classic tale of the “drifter” generation: the one that missed the love and peace of the ‘60s but was too old to be the Boomers’ spoiled children.

Dave, the main character, is conducting an aimless life as a guitarist in a wedding band who accidentally becomes engaged to his girlfriend of 15 years, then just as haphazardly begins an affair with another girl weeks before his wedding. Dave can’t seem to feel passionate about anything, and perhaps that’s why he has no purpose. But we like him despite that, as well as his cronies in the band, and when they really start to rock together, we are right there with them, asking for just one more song. ( )
  sturlington | Aug 4, 2011 |
Its VERY Nick Hornby or is Tom Perotta like him? Not sure either way its very similar. A story of growing up in your '30s and making sacrifices, music and mates. This isnt high fiction but thats OK its confessional, easy reading and it guides you through with humour and pathos despite Dave not necessarily being the nice guy.
I dont think this is a patch on some of his other books Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher are far better but it would make good holiday reading, undemanding but with a plot that moves you forward. ( )
  withwill | Feb 14, 2011 |
Perrotta's "lad lit" book treats many of the same themes Nick Hornby addresses in High Fidelity - music, commitment, a no-longer-young man facing himself and making choices about who he wants to become - but with little of the nuance and generosity of spirit that Hornby summons. Perrotta's women exist solely to make a point about the men they accompany, not as fully realized characters in their own right, and his "nice guy" protagonist Dave doesn't grow up so much as fall into marriage with his long-time sweetheart. She's no prize either, encouraging him to give up the one thing that's been a meaningful constant to him since his teen years. Perrotta's take on relationships is both depressing and juvenile, but his easy style and smooth plotting at least make this a breeze to read. ( )
  framberg | Oct 4, 2010 |
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This must be the death of rock 'n roll. ...
--Todd Rundgren
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for my parents
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Buzzy, the bass player, had a suspended license, so Dave swung by his house on the way to the Wednesday-night showcase.
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The whole concept of engagement rings struck him as an enormous scam perpetrated by the jewelry industry to force you into making the single most expensive useless purchase of your entire lifetime just to avoid looking like a cheapskate to your future wife, her family, friends, and co-workers.
...the priesthood ranked near the bottom on his scale of occupations, way down below prison guard and clerk at the DMV. The celibacy thing was a real sticking point.
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