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Author: N. K. Jemisin Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Orbit Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9781549119736
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Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a "glorious" story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.

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.

And they're not the only ones.

Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms

The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)

Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)

The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology

The Killing Moon

The Shadowed Sun

The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)

The Broken Earth

The Fifth Season

The Obelisk Gate

The Stone Sky

How Long 'til Black Future Month? (short story collection)

"A glorious fantasy." —Neil Gaiman

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “The book[‘s]…main project is one of bridge-building, knitting communities together, showing how the embodied boroughs must overcome their own prejudices.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in this fantastical celebration of the city’s spirit…Miles goes all-in with her energizing performance, making listening a joy. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • The City We Became is thrillingly expansive without ever becoming abstract or high-flown. Speeding through its pages feels like walking down a beloved city block: gloriously familiar and yet always shimmering with the promise of the unexpected.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • "The monstrous forces that threaten the living New York City parallel the forces authors like Jemisin and her contemporaries have fought against for years.”

    NPR

  • “Highly recommended for anyone interested in some of the most exciting and powerful fantasy writing of today.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Although the story is a fantasy, many aspects of the plot draw on contemporary incidents…Fierce, poetic, uncompromising.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A harsh love story to one of America’s most famous places. As raw and vibrant as the city itself, the prose pushes the boundaries of fantasy and brings home what residents already know—their city is alive.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse. A big middle finger to Lovecraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts, and humor. A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times. This book is all these things and more.”

    Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning

  • “The City We Became is a raucous delight, a joyride, a call-to-arms, a revolution with plenty of dancing. Eat your heart out, Lovecraft.”

    Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

  • "The City We Became is a wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse. A big middle finger to Lovercraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts and humor. A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times. This book is all these things and more. Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning
  • "Without a doubt, one of the most brilliant books I have ever had the honor of reading. An homage to New York City, packed with all its love and harshness, and so incredibly inventive that I felt my own imagination and the boundaries of what fantasy can be expand."
    S. A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass
  • A love letter, a celebration and an expression of hope and belief that a city and its people can and will stand up to darkness, will stand up to fear, and will, when called to, stand up for each other."

  • NPR
  • "Some of the most exciting and powerful fantasy writing of today... Jemisin's latest will attract ... even those who don't typically read genre fiction."
    Booklist (starred review)
  • "The City We Became takes a broad-shouldered stand on the side of sanctuary, family and love. It's a joyful shout, a reclamation and a call to arms. The New York Times
  • "The greatest fantasy novelist currently writing turns her magnificent eye and ear and heart on New York City, and the result is every bit as full of love and rage and crazy compelling characters as my beloved city deserves."
    Sam J. Miller, Nebula-Award-Winning author of Blackfish City
  • "Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold."
    Entertainment Weekly
  • N. K. Jemisin has captured the living, breathing soul of New York City in a way that only a writer of her skill can. The City We Became is a masterpiece that plays by no rules-beautiful, musical, joyfully weird, and as impossibly fantastical as it is deeply true. Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
  • "A love/hate song to and rallying cry for the author's home of New York... Fierce, poetic, uncompromising."
    Kirkus (starred review)
  • "The City We Became is a raucous delight, a joyride, a call-to-arms, a revolution with plenty of dancing. Eat your heart out, Lovecraft. Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • "It's a glorious fantasy, set in that most imaginary of cities, New York. It's inclusive in all the best ways, and manages to contain both Borges and Lovecraft in its fabric, but the unique voice and viewpoint are Jemisin's alone."
    Neil Gaiman
  • "The most important speculative writer of her generation...She's that good."
    John Scalzi
  • "One of the most celebrated new voices in epic fantasy."
    Salon.com
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2020
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Year's Most Addictive Books
  • An Electric Literature Pick of Works by Women and Nonbinary Writers
  • A BookRiot Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2020
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A Millions.com Pick of the Month
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Best Reviewed Books of the Week
  • A Booklist Pick of Best New Fantasy Adjacent Titles
  • A Pop Sugar Pick of Must-Read Books by Women
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Vox Book Club Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Indie Next List selection
  • A Wired Magazine Pick of Ultimate Summer Reads
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year (So Far)
  • Longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize
  • A Libro.FM Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Year

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About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is an American author who has won three consecutive Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice awards. She is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.