Friendship. Jonathan Lethem moves his skills to Manhattan in his new novel, Chronic City. Amid the anxiety and loneliness of life in this tense city, protagonist Chase Insteadman, a child actor now middle aged and living on residuals develops a friendship with quirky cultural critic Perkus Tooth. In part, Chronic City is a finely written satire on life in our challenging times, and the struggle of individuals to find a way to move forward with their lives amid setbacks and challenges. The notion of a war-free edition of The New York Times made me laugh out loud. In other respects, Chronic City is the story of the power of love and friendship in the most unusual relationships. Chase, for example, in addition to being recognized for his child acting fame, is the fiancé of an astronaut who is stranded in space. Readers who enjoy fine writing and literary fiction will find many levels of pleasure on the pages of Chronic City.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)