Checker and the Derailleurs: A Novel

Checker and the Derailleurs: A Novel

by Lionel Shriver
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Checker and the Derailleurs: A Novel by Lionel Shriver

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061899324
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 869 KB

About the Author

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.


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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Checker and the Derailleurs 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TallKat More than 1 year ago
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.