Literature: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
The first novel by award-winning author Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) is a coming of age story following a young man, Art Bechenstein, as he finishes college and falls in a with a new group of friends in the following summer. Furthermore, his background as the son of a member of an organized crime family also complicates his relationships with his new friends and lovers.It was adapted into a film in 2009, which was not well-received.
This book provides examples of:
- Love Triangle: Art falls into a bisexual one, torn between Arthur and Phlox.
- The Mafia: Art's father is a senior member.
- Meaningful Funeral: For Cleveland at the end of the book.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Art is searching for a way to win his father's approval.