Books by Jonathan Lethem

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of six novels, including the bestselling The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named novel of the year by Esquire. He is also the author of two short story


FRIDAYS AT ENRICO'S by Don Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"This publication is an important event: Welcome back, Don Carpenter."
Do we need another work about the struggles of writers? Sure, we do—if it has the warmth and charm and sexy vibe of Carpenter's (From a Distant Place, 1988, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
DISSIDENT GARDENS by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not Lethem's tightest novel, but a depth of conviction underlies its narrative sprawl."
A dysfunctional family embodies a dysfunctional epoch, as the novelist continues his ambitious journey through decades, generations and the boroughs of New York. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

Conceptual ambition, sense of purpose and a fan's evangelical devotion distinguish this collection from the typical novelist's gathering of nonfiction miscellany.

If this is a closet-clearing exercise by Lethem (Chronic City, 2009, etc.), his is an impressively rich closet. Read full book review >

THE EXEGESIS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Philip K. Dick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Fascinating and unsettling. Still, at more than 900 pages, this will test the mettle—and the stamina—of even the most devoted of Dick fans."
A dyspeptic dystopian's mad secret notebooks, imposing order—at least of a kind—on a chaotic world. Read full book review >
CHRONIC CITY by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lethem's most ambitious work to date, and his best since Motherless Brooklyn (2001)."
One of America's finest novelists explores the disconnections among art, government, space travel and parallel realities, as his characters hunger for elusive meaning. Read full book review >
YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2007

"Lethem in a minor key. Not without its ridiculous charms, but nothing to sing about either."
A Jonathan Lethem novel about the rock scene is rather like a Norman Mailer novel about Jesus Christ. We kind of knew it would happen eventually. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPOINTMENT ARTIST by Jonathan Lethem
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2005

"Persistent and persuasive, like listening to that friend with the smartest take on just about any subject under the sun."
The true confessions of a cultural obsessive turned author. Read full book review >
MEN AND CARTOONS by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A marking-time-between-novels book: pleasant enough, but newcomers to Lethem would do better to start with Motherless Brooklyn (1999)."
Tales that mix the atmospheric Brooklyn settings of novels like Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude (2003) with the fantastic backdrops of earlier, SF-inflected works like the author's Amnesia Moon (1995). Read full book review >
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

Abandoning the inspired and nimble high-concept genre alchemy of his previous novels, Jonathan Lethem follows up his award-winning Tour(ette's)-de-force, Motherless Brooklyn (1999), with a big, personal, sometimes breathtaking, and sometimes disappointing book about music, class, race, authenticity, Brooklyn, and America.

Dylan Ebdus is the son of an obsessive monklike artist father and an opinionated hippie-ish mother whose ill-considered idealism plants the family, before she disappears, in a not-yet-gentrified black Brooklyn neighborhood where Dylan's whiteness becomes his defining quality. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

In a literary motherlode, Lethem redefines the classic amnesia story, once little more than getting a bump on the head—but not in the hands of these masters. These masters? Umm? Read full book review >

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN by Jonathan Lethem
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

A brilliantly imagined riff on the classic detective tale: the fifth high-energy novel in five years from the rapidly maturing prodigy whose bizarre black-comic fiction includes, most recently, Girl in Landscape (1998). Read full book review >

GIRL IN LANDSCAPE by Jonathan Lethem
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1998

An ingenious and unsettling dystopian romance from the surrealist wÅnderkind who has in a scant five years produced five aggressively original works of fiction (As She Climbed Across the Table, 1997, etc.). The story begins on Earth—in Brooklyn, in fact—in a future transfigured by some unspecified (seemingly nuclear) catastrophe. Read full book review >

AS SHE CLIMBED ACROSS THE TABLE by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1997

Lethem, a witty spinner of bizarre tales (The Wall of the Sky, 1996, etc.), moves into somewhat more accessible territory with this story of a would-be Alice in Wonderland and the man who would prefer to keep her on this side of the looking glass. Philip Engstrand, an anthropologist who studies academia, is happily involved with particle-physicist Alice Coombs. Read full book review >

THE WALL OF THE SKY, THE WALL OF THE EYE by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Seven long stories—five reprints, two originals—from the author of Amnesia Moon (1995), etc. In ``The Happy Man,'' a dead man is brought back to life so he can support his family. Read full book review >

AMNESIA MOON by Jonathan Lethem
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Oddball dreamtime/fractured-reality yarn from the author of Gun, With Occasional Music (1994). Read full book review >

GUN, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC by Jonathan Lethem
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

Conrad Metcalf is a p.i. Read full book review >