In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn’t remember who he is, where he’s from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power.
In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it’s as if the paint is literally calling to her.
In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels.Summary of The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. From Amazon.
And they’re not the only ones.
The City We Became is another departure from what I feel like I usually read, but I picked it up because I’ve wanted to read N. K. Jemisin for a long time, and this one gave me an excuse to read one. We picked it up because it’s read by Robin Miles, who is a favorite in our house.
It’s one we started listening to, but I quickly discovered that it’s not easy to follow when you fall asleep in the first 10 minutes. I’m really excited about this idea of cities as living breathing entities. We’ll see how it goes.