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Wonder Boys is a 1995 novel by Michael Chabon. It revolves around Pittsburgh college professor/novelist Grady Tripp, who, over the course of a weekend, has to handle a troubled student, his unfinished novel (also called Wonder Boys), his pregnant girlfriend (the chancellor of the college and his boss' wife), his wife, a purloined jacket and a dead dog.

In 2000 Wonder Boys was adapted into a film.


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  • Bi the Way: Terry Crabtree.
  • Consummate Liar: James Leer.
  • Erudite Stoner: Grady.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Sara's husband is clueless about her affair with Grady. His dog, Doctor Dee, on the other hand....
  • Happily Adopted: All of Irene and Irving Warshaw's surviving children are adopted and don't seem any more messed up than biological children.
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted. Grady and his in-laws share a great deal of mutual respect and affection.
  • Parental Abandonment: Grady's mother died when he was an infant and his father killed himself a few years later, leaving Grady to be raised by his grandmother. May also apply to James Leer. Or not.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Grady and Terry meet in college when they plagiarize the same short story for a creative writing class.
  • Scary Black Man: Clement, the bouncer at the Hi-Hat.
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  • Shoot the Dog: Literally. Doctor Dee had it coming, though.
  • Trophy Room: Walter's sports memorabilia closet.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Miss Antonia Sloviak.
  • Writer's Block: Averted. Grady can't stop writing.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Grady's had a long-standing affair with Sara. It isn't his first. James implies he's the product of an affair between his mother and his paternal grandfather. Or not.
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