The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. I have to admit I'm a sucker for judging a book by it's cover, and in this case it drew me to the book as it sat on a table in the bookstore. The illustration of the Empire State Building rising above Manhattan appealed to my love for New York City, and the design of the cover was wonderful. I picked up the book and virtually did not put it down until I had read it cover to cover.
The story follows two cousins, Kavalier and Clay, as they rise through the comic book industry during its height in the 1940s. The author paints a vivid portrait of the comic book world and the characters that live in it. Along with the plot line of the comic industry, the book also tells the personal stories of Kavalier and Clay as they become successful figures in the comic industry, meet the loves of their lives, and experience the ups and downs of life. There are so many story lines in this book, it never becomes dull.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all that it has to offer. Even if the cover wasn't as beautiful as it is, I would still recommend it.