Checker Secretti is riding high. He's the drummer, songwriter, and main attraction of The Derailleurs, Astoria's hottest band. He's just helped his best friend Rahim avoid deportation; he has a day job he loves, working for the beautiful Syria Pyramus (Rahim's new bride); and he's got Zefal, his beloved bike, to take him anywhere he wants to go. Enter Eaton Striker, a mediocre musician who works his way into the band as back-up drummer. And suddenly Checker's life goes from bliss to disaster.
A frank and funky portrait of hero-worship gone bad, Checker and The Derailleurs captures the soul of urban rock and roll, of adolescent friendship, and, most of all, of love.
"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
"Shriver is a lively storyteller, and she keeps readers guessing to the end....Checker and The Derailleurs, like its beguiling protagonist, is hard to forget." - People
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About the Author
Hometown:Brooklyn, New York, and London, England
Date of Birth:May 18, 1957
Place of Birth:Gastonia, North Carolina
Education:B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University, 1978; M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Columbia University, 1982
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.