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Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City (Literary Sojourn Author Study Series)
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.
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.
Jonathan Lethem is a featured author at Literary Sojourn, Steamboat Springs' 20th annual festival of authors, which is sponsored by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Lethem will be joined by fellow authors Hillary Jordan, Laura Lippman, Tom Perrota, Kathryn Harrison and Master of Ceremonies Andrew Sean Greer
ABOUT THE LITERARY SOJOURN AUTHOR SERIES
The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a series of book discussion programs designed to enhance the experience of reading for this year's Literary Sojourn. Participants read and discuss works from each of the featured authors prior to the live event on Oct. 6, 2012. Bud Werner Memorial Library's Michelle Dover facilitates the free discussions and the study is limited to 12 participants per meeting. Register for this session online or call Michelle at 970-367-4907.