Chronic City 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… Chronic City 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… 2009-10-13 Fiction Doubleday
Book Review

Chronic City (2009)

Chronic City | Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 13, 2009; Writer: Jonathan Lethem; Genre: Fiction; 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 Oct 06, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints
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