Search Results: "Jonathan Lethem"


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

"Don't miss this one."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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A GAMBLER'S ANATOMY by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"In this tragicomic novel, nothing is ever exactly as it seems."
Lethem's 10th novel is a romp in which history, both personal and collective, can't help but assert itself. Read full book review >

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

"Frown, shrug, pass on."
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 >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"I really, really need it."
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. Read full book review >

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THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Play that funky music, white boy."
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. Read full book review >

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

"One waits eagerly to learn where Lethem will take us next. (Author tour)"
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.). Read full book review >

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MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY by Jonathan Lethem
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A throwaway line from an essay on amnesia sums up this standout collection: 'I followed the higher principle of pleasure, tried to end where I'd started: with writing I loved and wanted to recommend to someone else. That is to say, you.'"
One of America's most accomplished writers looks back between the pages of other writers' books. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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

"But Lethem's clear-eyed prose and believably strange people ultimately make for a moving tale of narcissism and need."
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. Read full book review >