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You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrivalby Wesley Gibson
Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of David Rakoff and David Sedaris comes Wesley Gibson's raucously funny, yet deeply moving memoir of finding a place for himself in the strangest place of all: New York.
Paired through a gay roommate service with a stranger named John, Wesley Gibson is determined to make his way in the daunting and glorious city of his dreams, no matter what it takes. Whether he is applying for a series of very odd jobs, using his ingenuity to play the Manhattan real estate game, or recalling the winding path that has made New York his "end of the road," Gibson's keen wit and hilarious insights bring a smile (and perhaps a wince) of recognition to anyone who has ever had to make it on his own in a strange city.
Soon, though, Gibson realizes that the weirdest part of his new life is right in his own apartment. The mysterious John turns out to be more than he ever bargained for — but it is the unexpected bond that grows between them that gives Gibson a sense of clarity about his life, and that finally transforms him into a true New Yorker.
"Through a series of hilarious anecdotes, we learn about what it's like to set up a life in a new city....Gibson's witty stories will ring true to anyone who has struggled to make it in any new place, large or small." Michael Spinella, Booklist
"Us[es] sharp, often witty language....Though Gibson's story has insightful elements, it bogs down occasionally, as when Gibson details his efforts to rescue an obese neighbor from his bathroom." Publishers Weekly
"Not quite at the high standard set by the likes of Andrew Tobias, this saga will likely still find a comfortable place on the shelf with other popular works of gay lit. The limp-wrist aesthetic lingers, even as Gibson skillfully turns thoughtful, serious, and clever." Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderfully original tale of the disintegration and mutation of an apparently ordinary American family." Alison Lurie
You Are Here tells the true stranger-than-fiction story of what really happens when you move to the city that never sleeps. Whether using his wiles to play the Manhattan real estate game, applying for a series of extremely odd jobs, or recalling the winding path that has made New York his end of the road. What his remarkable urban adventures ultimately reveal is how the invisible bonds that develop between virtual strangers in a city can determine who you are and who you will become.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [246-247]).
About the Author
Wesley Gibson is the author of Shelter, a novel. He has taught writing at New York University and the University of Richmond, and currently teaches at Vassar College. He lives in New York City.
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