Authors > Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Feral Detective, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.

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Motherless Brooklyn

Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original, captivating homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.

Year: 1999     Genre: ConspiracyDefective DetectiveHardboiled Detective

The Fortress of Solitude

A vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory.

Year: 2003     Genre: Coming of Age

The Feral Detective

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble--caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

Year: 2018     Genre: Detective Fiction

The Arrest

The Arrest isn't post-apocalypse. It isn't a dystopia. It isn't a utopia. It's just what happens when much of what we take for granted--cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters--quits working. . . .

Year: 2020     Genre: Speculative

 

Titles

Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1994Gun, with Occasional MusicNear Future, Satire, Speculative
1995Amnesia MoonPost Apocalypse
1999Motherless BrooklynHardboiled Detective, Conspiracy, Defective Detective
2003The Fortress of SolitudeComing of Age, New York City
2018The Feral DetectiveDetective Fiction, Los Angeles
2020The ArrestSpeculative

 

 


 

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