cover image The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Michael Chabon. Harper Perennial, $13 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-06-097212-7

First-novelist Chabon, with ``distinctive vision'' and ``an elegiac, graceful style,'' spins a story about alienated youth that, while serving up some familiar details of sex, alcohol and drugs, ``fully engages the reader in the lives of an appealing cast of characters,'' said PW . (Apr.)