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Chronic City - A Novel

Jonathan Lethem

The acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a roar with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom called Martyr & Pesty. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée, Janice Trumbull, is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like Janice, Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine punctuated by Upper East Side dinner parties. Into Chase's cloistered city enters Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed free-range pop critic whose soaring conspiratorial riffs are fueled by high-grade marijuana, mammoth cheeseburgers, and a desperate ache for meaning. Perkus's countercultural savvy and voracious paranoia draw Chase into another Manhattan, where questions of what is real, what is fake, and who is complicit take on a life-shattering urgency. Along with Oona Laszlo, a self-loathing ghostwriter, and Richard Abneg, a hero of the Tompkins Square Park riot now working as a fixer for the billionaire mayor, Chase and Perkus attempt to unearth the answers to several mysteries that seem to offer that rarest of artifacts on an island where everything can be bought: Truth. Like Manhattan itself, Jonathan Lethem's masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique. From the Hardcover edition.

The acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a roar with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom called Martyr & Pesty. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée, Janice Trumbull, is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like Janice, Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine punctuated by Upper East Side dinner parties. Into Chase's cloistered city enters Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed free-range pop critic whose soaring conspiratorial riffs are fueled by high-grade marijuana, mammoth cheeseburgers, and a desperate ache for meaning. Perkus's countercultural savvy and voracious paranoia draw Chase into another Manhattan, where questions of what is real, what is fake, and who is complicit take on a life-shattering urgency. Along with Oona Laszlo, a self-loathing ghostwriter, and Richard Abneg, a hero of the Tompkins Square Park riot now working as a fixer for the billionaire mayor, Chase and Perkus attempt to unearth the answers to several mysteries that seem to offer that rarest of artifacts on an island where everything can be bought: Truth. Like Manhattan itself, Jonathan Lethem's masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a roar with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom called Martyr & Pesty. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée, Janice Trumbull, is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like Janice, Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine punctuated by Upper East Side dinner parties. Into Chase's cloistered city enters Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed free-range pop critic whose soaring conspiratorial riffs are fueled by high-grade marijuana, mammoth cheeseburgers, and a desperate ache for meaning. Perkus's countercultural savvy and voracious paranoia draw Chase into another Manhattan, where questions of what is real, what is fake, and who is complicit take on a life-shattering urgency. Along with Oona Laszlo, a self-loathing ghostwriter, and Richard Abneg, a hero of the Tompkins Square Park riot now working as a fixer for the billionaire mayor, Chase and Perkus attempt to unearth the answers to several mysteries that seem to offer that rarest of artifacts on an island where everything can be bought: Truth. Like Manhattan itself, Jonathan Lethem's masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

15h 2m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:52


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:38


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:25


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:03


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:05


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:32


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:36


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:13


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:19


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:44


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:53


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:04


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:21


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:37


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:42


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:13


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:20


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:13


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:49


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:35


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:23


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:12


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:35


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:07


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:11


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:27


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:35


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:46


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:11


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:38


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:55


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:08


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:05


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:26


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:17


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:12


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:41


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:34


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

00:27