Authors > Jonathan Lethem

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: 1940sConspiracyPrivate 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: 1970s1980sComing of Age



Year TitleGenres & Tags

1994Gun, with Occasional MusicHardboiledNear FutureSatireSpeculative Fiction, Bay Area
1995Amnesia MoonPost Apocalypse
1999Motherless Brooklyn1940sConspiracyPrivate Eye, New York City
2003The Fortress of Solitude1970s1980sComing of Age, New York City