Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c.2009 A.D.) in a Large City
Choire Sicha's brilliant, enigmatic first book is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel. A voice from the future is piecing together a record of life in a massive city on the eastern coast of this country, and follows John, a sexually profligate reporter with a weekly newspaper, and his circle of friends as they navigate the expensive and dark world around them. It is a fable of money, sex, and politics featuring an imperious Mayor (the richest man in town), who is campaigning for an unprecedented third term, a Blind Governor, elevated to office in the wake of a prostitution scandal who is trying to overcome scandals of his own, and Beyonce. Told in Choire Sicha idiosyncratic style, Very Recent History is a work of detailed reportage and an Internet-era historical pastiche that seamlessly weaves together first-person interviews and current eventss, presenting a surreal and sublime portrait New York City circa 2009: an island of isolation, ambition, sublimation, and attraction.
"Sicha's prose, sweet and alienating by turns, transforms a city I know well and a year I lived through into something odd and wonderful."--Clay Shirky
Choire Sicha is a co-editor and co-founder of the website The Awl. He is a former editor at Gawker, Radar, and the New York Observer, and his work has also been featured in the New York Times. He lives in Miami, Florida. This is his first book.