Chronic City (Paperback)

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November 2009 Indie Next List

“A story of Manhattan as a city of falsehoods plays out in the friendship of a former child star and a polemicist with a mishmash of psychological problems. The characters are brilliantly developed, the plot is intricate but engaging, and Lethem pulls no punches. His best since Motherless Brooklyn -- excellent, excellent, excellent.”
— Conrad Silverberg, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


The bestselling and beloved author of "Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude" delivers a searing love letter to the city that has inspired his finest work.
Chase Insteadman, former child television star, has a new role in life--permanent guest on the Upper East Side dinner party circuit, where he is consigned to talk about his astronaut fiancee, Janice Trumbull, who is trapped on a circling Space Station. A chance encounter collides Chase with Perkus Tooth, a wily pop culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the best marijuana in town. Despite their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus discover they have a lot in common, including a cast of friends from all walks of life in Manhattan. Together and separately they attempt to define the indefinable, and enter into a quest for the most elusive of things: truth and authenticity in a city where everything has a price.

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of seven novels. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in "The New Yorker," "Harper's," "Rolling Stone," "Esquire," and the "New York Times," among others.

Product Details
ISBN: 9782757828267
ISBN-10: 2757828266
Publisher: Contemporary French Fiction
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2014
Language: English