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Chronic City
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Chronic City

Genre: Fiction; Author: Jonathan Lethem; Publisher: Doubleday

Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel follows the blank, descriptively named former teen actor Chase Insteadman as he floats, increasingly disoriented and adrift, between two New York worlds: one glamorous and social, the other bohemian and intellectual. Thick with paranoia, pot smoke, and pop culture references (both real and made-up), Chronic City is a feverish portrait of the anxiety and isolation of modern Manhattan, full of dark humor and dazzling writing. The book’s zonked philosophizing about the nature of reality wears a little thin, but Lethem’s claustrophobic vision of a world where everything is connected and nothing is as it seems proves both funny and frightening. A?

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Originally posted October 9 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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