Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

By Jonathan Lethem

The bestselling and loved writer of Motherless Brooklyn and The citadel of Solitude supplies a searing love letter to town that has encouraged his most interesting work.
 
Chase Insteadman, former baby tv superstar, has a brand new function in life—permanent visitor at the higher East facet ceremonial dinner circuit, the place he's consigned to speak about his astronaut fiancée, Janice Trumbull, who's trapped on a circling area Station. an opportunity come upon collides Chase with Perkus teeth, a wily popular culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the simplest marijuana on the town. regardless of their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus observe they've got much in universal, together with a solid of neighbors from all walks of existence in Manhattan.  jointly and individually they try and outline the indefinable, and input right into a quest for the main elusive of items: fact and authenticity in a urban the place every little thing has a price. 

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Usually I would brush the question off and retreat to my room, but once I made the mistake of answering. “I’m not as pretty as Jenna,” I said, as though it needed saying. ” She put a hand on my arm. ” There was: Michael, a popular boy with creamy skin, roses in his cheeks, and dark brown eyes, a basketball player. I’d liked him since fourth grade. Unlike the other popular boys, he wasn’t unkind to girls like me. Once in junior high when the bell rang, I left my pencil case on my desk, and he ran after me, shouting my name.

Maddy called me on the intercom, and I got a little lost and…” My voice trailed off. ” Lucia asked, hands on her hips. ” “It was pretty loud. ” “Must have been Brenda,” Lucia said briskly. ” A few times since my arrival at Thornfield Park I had passed a broad-shouldered, mannish woman, older than the rest of the housekeeping staff. That must have been Brenda. But hadn’t I been told the third floor was unsafe and off-limits? Anticipating my question, Lucia said, “I know, I said it wasn’t safe up there.

Then, hurrying home, I’d catch my reflection in a shopwindow and be brought abruptly back to reality. The train chugged to a start, daylight mercifully erasing my image. The morning had turned out crisp and nearly cloudless, a good day for a fresh start. I tried to settle back in my seat, to relax and collect myself. Calm, cool, capable, I silently repeated to myself. That’s what I’m going to be. Calm, cool, capable. The ride passed too quickly. Before I felt remotely ready, the train was pulling into Old Saybrook station.

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