Saturday, August 8, 2009

Giveaway: Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem (ARC)

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.




Somehow I ended up with an extra copy so
up for grabs is one new ARC edition
!

Contest runs from August 8, 2009 to 11:59 PM EST August 31, 2009. Winner will be announced September 1, 2009. Open to residents of US only. PO boxes are okay.

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30 comments:

Neas Nuttiness said...

Please enter me - thanks so much.

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I'm a follower - thank you.

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MoziEsmé said...

Looks interesting - I'd love to read it!

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MoziEsmé said...

And I'm a follower!

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Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

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Jake Lsewhere said...

I'm also a follower on Blogger.

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Shawna said...

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I am a follower of your blog

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I follow you on twitter

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

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Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.
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squiresj said...

Whow - I'm looking for your books Beth and find this offer to learn of an author who' books I have not read. So I'm interested.
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Jessica said...

Have not heard of this author but I'm always looking for new ones to try. Plus I love the cover for this book. Please count me in. Thanks. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

Valorie said...

I'd love to win.

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I subscribe.

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Sue said...

Looks so good! Thanks for sharing your extra!

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Debbie F said...

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Debbie F said...

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Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

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Becca said...

Please enter me!
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Becca said...

I blogged about it here:

http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/08/chronic-city.html

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Anita Yancey said...

Sounds interesting, I'd like to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anita Yancey said...

I am a subscriber!

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