“Living Just Enough: New Novels of the City”

Public Books | 2015

If you tell a story of the city, rather than merely stage a story there, you lay claim to it, but not always as a fan, a lover, or a life-long insider. Rather, you insist your characters take on the city as a foil or familiar—something powerful with its own memory and will. Recent novels by Jenny Offill, Matthew Thomas, and Courtney Moreno, set in New York and Los Angeles, explore how their characters’ abilities to thrive in their most intimate relationships reflect their bonds with the cities they inhabit.”

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