Chronic City
Author: Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Doubleday
Price: $34.00 (Hardcover)

An urban quest for Borgesian truth in a culture of duplicity erupts when former child star and Manhattanite-about-town Chase Insteadman meets former hotshot music critic Perkus Tooth. While both are deterred by personal trials (Chase’s fiancée is trapped in space, Perkus spends his days in a marijuana-fueled daze), the pair does seem a perfectly imperfect fit, which only makes their noir trek together in search of reality all the more entertaining. Chronic City delves into themes of celebrity, detachment and the modern urban experience in Lethem’s comically sophisticated narrative style.

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