Bandbox: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2004-01-06
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Thomas Mallon

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From the author of Henry and Clara, a dazzling, hilarious novel that captures the heart and soul of New York in the Jazz Age.

Bandbox is a hugely successful magazine, a glamorous monthly cocktail of 1920s obsessions from the stock market to radio to gangland murder. Edited by the bombastic Jehoshaphat Joe Harris, the magazine has a masthead that includes, among many others, a grisly, alliterative crime writer; a shy but murderously determined copyboy; and a burned-out vaudeville correspondent whos lovesick for his loyal, dewy assistant.

As the novel opens, the defection of Harriss most ambitious protg has plunged Bandbox into a death struggle with a new competitor on the newsstand. But theres more to come: a sabotaged fiction contest, the NYPD vice squad, a subscribers kidnapping, and a film-actress cover subject who makes the heroines of Fosses Chicago look like the girls next door. While Harris and his magazine careen from comic crisis to make-or-break calamity, the novel races from skyscraper to speakeasy, hops a luxury train to Hollywood, and crashes a buttoned-down dinner with Calvin Coolidge.

Thomas Mallon has given us a madcap and poi-gnant book that brilliantly portrays the gaudiest American decade of them all.

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