This Is Where We Live

This Is Where We Live

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A novel about subprime mortgages, ruthless Hollywood economics, and the unraveling of a young marriage.
 
This Is Where We Live tells the story of Claudia and Jeremy, a young married couple (she's an aspiring filmmaker, he's an indie musician) who are on the verge of making it. Her first film was a sensation at Sundance and is about to have its theatrical release, he's assembled a new band and is a few songs shy of an album. They've recently purchased their first home-an adorable mid-century bungalow with a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeles-with the magical assistance of an adjustable-rate mortgage. But a series of seismic events-the tanking of Claudia's film, the return of Jeremy's ex-girlfriend (a manipulative, self-destructive, fabulously successful artist), and the staggering adjustment of their monthly mortgage payments-deal a crushing blow to their dreams of the bohemian life and their professional aspirations and make them question their values and their shared vision of the future.

As she did so insightfully in her first novel, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything , Janelle Brown once again proves herself a trenchant social commentator and a keen and compassionate chronicler of the emotional turmoil, moral conflicts, and knowing compromises of her characters. This Is Where We Live is a novel about the crucible of this economic moment-the way these times play with our hopes, compel us to reckon with our ambition, test our capacity for reinvention, and ask us to question the very things we love.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385524032
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 25 cm.

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cassandra123456
Feb 01, 2017

The book was more captivating then I had originally though tit would be and I enjoyed the entire book...until the very end. It really left a bad taste in my mouth.

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Hip, artsy Claudia and Jeremy Munger are new owners of a charming L.A. bungalow, but their bohemian American dream may not survive all the recent setbacks thrown their way -- Claudia's first film has failed, Jeremy's successful ex-girlfriend has reappeared just as his band breaks up, and the debt load they're carrying may end in foreclosure. The differing ways they ultimately view the house (an albatross, a dream) and the compromises they're willing or unwilling to make (forgoing their free-spirited lifestyle in favor of "real" jobs) may ultimately save or destroy their home -- and their marriage." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1

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alysalle
Jul 06, 2014

This book was okay. It got better in the end. I liked that the characters had faults, but I didn't think they were completely relatable.

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