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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: ConspiracyPrivate Eye

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

Feb 19, 1964 --

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-- -- 1994Gun, with Occasional Music Hardboiled DetectiveNear FutureSatireSpeculative Fiction, Bay Area
-- -- 1995Amnesia Moon Post Apocalypse
-- -- 1999Motherless Brooklyn ConspiracyPrivate Eye, New York City
-- -- 2003The Fortress of Solitude Coming of Age, New York City