Checker and the Derailleurs [With Earbuds]

Checker and the Derailleurs [With Earbuds]


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Checker and the Derailleurs [With Earbuds] by Lionel Shriver, MacLeod Andrews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441802842
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 08/28/2009
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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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.