City on Fire:
by Garth Risk Hallberg
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Your soul mate is emotionally unavailable. He’s a bastard! He’s a narcissist. (So are you.) He’s great in bed, but he’s a workaholic. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a junkie. In strictly mechanical terms, your apartment is literally too small to have sex in. Let’s not talk about the size of your heart. The plight of the homeless does not move you. You personally haven’t called home in years. You have no shoulder to lean on; all your “friends” want to eat you alive. You’ve been forsaken by humanity. You’re a New Yorker.
Loneliness plagues the heroes of Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel, City on Fire. They are lonely because they are selfish, and they are selfish because New York has deformed them; because life in Manhattan, that small but crowded island, is like a vast conspiracy to ignore the existence of other people.
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