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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 (shes an aspiring filmmaker, hes 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, hes assembled a new band and is a few songs shy of an album. Theyve recently purchased their first homean adorable mid-century bungalow with a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeleswith the magical assistance of an adjustable-rate mortgage. But a series of seismic eventsthe tanking of Claudias film, the return of Jeremys ex-girlfriend (a manipulative, self-destructive, fabulously successful artist), and the staggering adjustment of their monthly mortgage paymentsdeal 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 momentthe 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.