By Erik Esckilsen
April 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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If the title of Chabon’s second novel (Villard, $23) seems presumptuous, the book’s first pages leave little doubt of its aptness. And the wonder of Chabon, author of 1988’s critically acclaimed The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and 1991’s short story collection A Model World, is his deft, seamless prose-a gift he applies, with equal care and patience, to the rendering of an ordinary suburban home and to the dreaded ”midnight disease,” the curse that holds all writers. It’s a virtue much in need as the author labors to steer this buddy novel-about a possibly washed-up writer/ English teacher, his precariously employed New York editor, and a gloomy prodigy from one of his writing classes-clear of a too-tweedy result. Wonder Boys succeeds as a comic descent into the dark hearts of dry spells, infidelity, pot dependency, and other human shortcomings that, taken together, distinguish Chabon as a talent whose insight rapidly approaches his technical mastery.

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