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The first novel by award-winning author Creator/MichaelChabon, ''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.

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!!This book provides examples of:
%%* BettyAndVeronica: Phlox and [[spoiler: Arthur]] for Art.
%%* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Art]].
%%* ClosetKey: [[spoiler: Arthur for Art.]]
%%* CloudCuckooLander: Phlox
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
%%* DownerEnding
%%* EndingMemorialService: For [[spoiler: Cleveland]].
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%%* HeteronormativeCrusader: Phlox
* LoveTriangle: Art falls into a [[spoiler: bisexual one, torn between Arthur and Phlox]].
* TheMafia: Art's father is a senior member.
* MeaningfulFuneral: For [[spoiler: Cleveland]] at the end of the book.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Art is searching for a way to win his father's approval.
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