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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >