Checker and the Derailleursby Lionel Shriver, MacLeod Andrews (Read by)
Beautiful and charismatic, nineteen-year-old Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love. The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall under Checker’s spell. But when another drummer, Eaton Striker, hears the prodigy play, he is pulled inexorably into Checker’s orbit by a powerful combination of envy and admiration. Soon The Derailleurs, too, are torn apart by latent jealousies that Eaton does his utmost to bring alive.
“A bittersweet, graceful, poetic, yet clear-sighted vision....A tale about good and evil, and about the promise and pain of being nineteen.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
“More compelling even than the plot turns are Shriver’s insights into human nature....Checker and The Derailleurs, like its beguiling protagonist, is hard to forget.” – People
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- Edition description:
- Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hrs.
- Product dimensions:
- 5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Meet the Author
Lionel Shriver's books include The Post-Birthday World, Game Control, and the Orange Prize-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin. She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Independent. She lives in London.
- Brooklyn, New York, and London, England
- Date of Birth:
- May 18, 1957
- Place of Birth:
- Gastonia, North Carolina
- B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University, 1978; M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Columbia University, 1982
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Lionel Shriver protrays the dynamics of the Derailleurs and the shift as a new drummer insinuates himself in the band. This could be applied to any close group, the change in loyalties and how suspicions can arise. Checker is a lovable genius, a character with a little magic. Enjoyable read.