By Jonathan Lethem
The bestselling and liked writer of Motherless Brooklyn and The citadel of Solitude grants a searing love letter to town that has encouraged his most interesting work.
Chase Insteadman, former baby tv megastar, has a brand new position in life—permanent visitor at the higher East facet banquet circuit, the place he's consigned to speak about his astronaut fiancée, Janice Trumbull, who's trapped on a circling house Station. an opportunity come upon collides Chase with Perkus the teeth, a wily popular culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the easiest marijuana on the town. regardless of their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus become aware of they've got much in universal, together with a solid of associates from all walks of existence in long island. jointly and individually they try and outline the indefinable, and input right into a quest for the main elusive of items: fact and authenticity in a urban the place every thing has a value.
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But, anyway, it’s not important, Ferfichkin. No, I am completely satisfied with the evening spent there . ” The lady remained almost calm, just called me a “bastard” and added an epithet to that word which I would have been proud of, if it had been 1958 and I’d been 12 years old, but it is 1982 now, and these days I consider it almost an expletive. And the next day was marvellous. I had a good sleep, turned on the television and saw a bald-headed comrade, 45 the well-known novella w riter Plastronov, winner of all sorts of prizes, making a speech.
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