Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Chronic City

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Chronic City

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FICTION Chronic City, by Jonathan Lethem. Doubleday, October 2009. $27.95

Lethem's latest is peopled by an eclectic coterie of Manhattanites: Georgina Hawkmanaji, a longlimbed dowager; Richard Abneg, her hirsute lover; Oona Laszlo, a prolific ghostwriter; Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed cultural critic; and Chase Insteadman, an actor "riding the exhaust of [his] former and vanishing celebrity, the smoky half-life of a child star." All five live on an island rendered by Lethem as both familiar and vaguely exotic, a Chronic City alive with its own incandescent glow. Whales swim into the East River, tempted by a fungus that lines the river floor. A mechanical tiger stalks the bodegas of the Village. Eagles flock to the high-rises of the Upper East Side, sweeping like untethered kites across the horizon. And higher in the night sky, knocked calamitously out of orbit, Chase's astronaut fiancée is trapped in afield of Chinese space mines. …

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