cover image Checker and the Derailleurs

Checker and the Derailleurs

Lionel Shriver. Penguin Books, $7.95 (336pp) ISBN 978-0-14-012058-5

Checker Secretti, musical and philosophical guru as well as drummer for the Derailleurs, a band in Queens, N.Y., faces the goading and intrigues of a rival drummer. Meanwhile, Checker is smitten with Syria Paramus, a glassblower. PW found Checker to be ``a boy so radiant that his creator has fallen in love with him. And so has the reader.'' (Sept.)