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Beautiful and charismatic,19-year-old Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love.

The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall under Checker's spell. But when another drummer, Eaton Striker, hears the prodigy play, he is pulled inexorably into Checker's orbit by a powerful combination of envy and admiration. Soon The Derailleurs, too, are torn apart by latent jealousies that Eaton does his utmost to bring alive.

©2009 Lionel Shriver (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"More compelling even than the plot turns are Shriver's insights into human nature.... Checker and The Derailleurs, like its beguiling protagonist, is hard to forget." ( People)

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I loved Lionel's book "We have to talk about Kevin" it was amazing. This book wasn't even in same league. What Happened?

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  • 08-05-18

Lionel Shriver - Zeitgeist by the throat☺️

Lionel Shriver is one of my favorite authors and I loved this book. I read a review that says “ If Jodi Picoult has her finger on the zeitgeist, Shriver has her hands around its throat” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)
This book made me think of this quote - it is smart, laugh out loud funny and above all optimistic. Shrivers worldview is endlessly interesting and her lacerating wit skewers topics as varied as immigration, intolerance and the perception of women’s role in society. Loved this book and loved the audible performance. Highly recommended