I think all they would have to do is put this excerpt on the back cover, and they would just hand Michael Chabon the Pulitzer for fiction. Again.
A man (Hertz) and his son (John Bear Berko) are talking after a long estrangement.
'"Don't take that tone with me, John Bear," the old man snaps. "I don't care for it."
"Tone?" Berko says, his voiced stacked like a measure of musical score with a half-dozen musical tones, a chamber ensemble of insolence, resentment, sarcasm, provocation, innocence, and surprise. "Tone?"
- Michael Chabon