The phrase “You are Here” reminds me of a vast, mysterious area whittled down to a single point on a map. In Wesley Gibson’s memoir, New York City is the vast area and he is that small point.
Gibson moves between his Virginia upbringing and his attempt to thrive in the Big Apple. He writes of several less than ideal jobs and the random gamble that is the gay roommate matching service.
You Are Here is extremely well written, often touching and funny. The most tender moments involve Gibson’s roommate, John. He’s a stranger whose medical condition and eventual dependence on others causes him to become a friend.
Gibson’s own descriptions of his experiences are as enthralling as a work of fiction. Readers who enjoy the efforts of David Sedaris would do right to try this book as well. You are Here is an honest, delightful peek into New York City life though the eyes of a gifted writer.