I enjoy Michael Chabon's work. I even remember seeing him briefly on Charlie Rose at some point in the 90s when I walked into a room somewhere. I had read my clearance priced copy of Mysteries of Pittsburgh some time before that, and was a little surprised that he had become a big deal.
Here is my review of this book from Goodreads.com:
This book of short stories is split into two parts. A Model World and The Lost World.
The first part contains unrelated stories, including the title story. These stories are good but somehow fall short of greatness. Each story feels like it should be part of a larger story. The stories are not only unrelated but different from each other that grouping them together feels forced.
The second part is much more successful. Actually it's great and of the quality that I have come to expect from Michael Chabon. All of the stories in this section are related and together are part of a greater whole.
That's not to say the first half is bad; it's not. Worth a read.
I haven't decided if I am going to liberate these three books or not. Since I'm undecided, I think I have made up my mind. They will stay.