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Why We Came to the City

Kristopher Jansma

"Stunning . . . A beautiful, sprawling, and generous book. Jansma is a brilliantly talented writer, but he also has a unique insight into what friends mean to one another, and what it means to be part of a city in which you never quite belong, but can't quite bring yourself to leave. It's a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once, and even if the characters belong to New York, the story belongs to us all." -NPR December, 2008. A heavy snowstorm is blowing through Manhattan and the economy is on the brink of collapse, but none of that matters to a handful of guests at a posh holiday party. Five years after their college graduation, the fiercely devoted friends at the heart of this richly absorbing novel remain as inseparable as ever: editor and social butterfly Sara Sherman, her troubled astronomer boyfriend George Murphy, loudmouth poet Jacob Blaumann, classics major turned investment banker William Cho, and Irene Richmond, an enchanting artist with an inscrutable past. Amid cheerful revelry and free-flowing champagne, the friends toast themselves and the new year ahead-a year that holds many surprises in store. They must navigate ever-shifting relationships with the city and with one another, determined to push onward in pursuit of their precarious dreams. And when a devastating blow brings their momentum to a halt, the group is forced to reexamine their aspirations and chart new paths through unexpected losses. Kristopher Jansma's award-winning debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, was praised for its "wry humor" and "charmingly unreliable narrator" in The New Yorker and hailed as "F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" by The Village Voice. In Why We Came to the City, Jansma offers an unforgettable exploration of friendships forged in the fires of ambition, passion, hope, and love. This glittering story of a generation coming of age is a sweeping, poignant triumph. From the Hardcover edition.

"Stunning . . . A beautiful, sprawling, and generous book. Jansma is a brilliantly talented writer, but he also has a unique insight into what friends mean to one another, and what it means to be part of a city in which you never quite belong, but can't quite bring yourself to leave. It's a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once, and even if the characters belong to New York, the story belongs to us all." -NPR December, 2008. A heavy snowstorm is blowing through Manhattan and the economy is on the brink of collapse, but none of that matters to a handful of guests at a posh holiday party. Five years after their college graduation, the fiercely devoted friends at the heart of this richly absorbing novel remain as inseparable as ever: editor and social butterfly Sara Sherman, her troubled astronomer boyfriend George Murphy, loudmouth poet Jacob Blaumann, classics major turned investment banker William Cho, and Irene Richmond, an enchanting artist with an inscrutable past. Amid cheerful revelry and free-flowing champagne, the friends toast themselves and the new year ahead-a year that holds many surprises in store. They must navigate ever-shifting relationships with the city and with one another, determined to push onward in pursuit of their precarious dreams. And when a devastating blow brings their momentum to a halt, the group is forced to reexamine their aspirations and chart new paths through unexpected losses. Kristopher Jansma's award-winning debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, was praised for its "wry humor" and "charmingly unreliable narrator" in The New Yorker and hailed as "F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" by The Village Voice. In Why We Came to the City, Jansma offers an unforgettable exploration of friendships forged in the fires of ambition, passion, hope, and love. This glittering story of a generation coming of age is a sweeping, poignant triumph. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"Stunning . . . A beautiful, sprawling, and generous book. Jansma is a brilliantly talented writer, but he also has a unique insight into what friends mean to one another, and what it means to be part of a city in which you never quite belong, but can't quite bring yourself to leave. It's a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once, and even if the characters belong to New York, the story belongs to us all." -NPR December, 2008. A heavy snowstorm is blowing through Manhattan and the economy is on the brink of collapse, but none of that matters to a handful of guests at a posh holiday party. Five years after their college graduation, the fiercely devoted friends at the heart of this richly absorbing novel remain as inseparable as ever: editor and social butterfly Sara Sherman, her troubled astronomer boyfriend George Murphy, loudmouth poet Jacob Blaumann, classics major turned investment banker William Cho, and Irene Richmond, an enchanting artist with an inscrutable past. Amid cheerful revelry and free-flowing champagne, the friends toast themselves and the new year ahead-a year that holds many surprises in store. They must navigate ever-shifting relationships with the city and with one another, determined to push onward in pursuit of their precarious dreams. And when a devastating blow brings their momentum to a halt, the group is forced to reexamine their aspirations and chart new paths through unexpected losses. Kristopher Jansma's award-winning debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, was praised for its "wry humor" and "charmingly unreliable narrator" in The New Yorker and hailed as "F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" by The Village Voice. In Why We Came to the City, Jansma offers an unforgettable exploration of friendships forged in the fires of ambition, passion, hope, and love. This glittering story of a generation coming of age is a sweeping, poignant triumph. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

14h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

10:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:10


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:20


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:19


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:24


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:43


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:28


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:14


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:42


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:58


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:44


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:45


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:14


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:40


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:59


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:01


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:48


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

09:12


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:32


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:20


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:51


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:38


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:02


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:41


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:56


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:45


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:26


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:31


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

00:27