For her début novel *Who Town,* New York writer Susan Kirschbaum drew on her experience covering art, fashion, and certain social scenes in the city as a journalist for over a decade, lending the social parody an eerie air of realism. In Kirschbaum’s vivid portrayal, the problems and places feel real—it’s easy to envision scenes set not only in New York neighborhoods, but also in particular places, like the venue a young band plays on the Bowery, though she doesn’t name it. And issues of self and celebrity culture remain constant. While *Who Town *tells a tried tale—a mix of archetypal twenty-somethings struggling to find, define, and lose themselves in city culture—Kirschbaum reinvents the unraveling in a way that feels relevant. *Who Town* is the story of youth and identity, art and fashion, drugs and rehab, the scene and the sex, but for the next New York generation. -*The Last Magazine*
Susan Kirschbaum's debut novel *Who Town *takes a beautifully gritty look at what it means to be a celebrity in New York, and we love it.Spoiler alert: this is not another fluff piece about women who move to the city to live the life of a character from *Gossip Girl *or* Sex and the City*. Though her work has been compared to *Less Than Zero* by Bret Easton Ellis and *The Necklace *by Guy de Maupassant, Kirschbaum’s writing is entirely unique. Her unidealized prose paints it like it is in a style that is all her own and very true to today. If you’re looking for a novel for our generation in this city, this is it.
~ Noelle Yeager,* Dual Show*