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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: 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

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-- -- -- --1994Gun, with Occasional Musicby Jonathan LethemHardboiled DetectiveNear FutureSatireSpeculative Fiction, Bay Area
-- -- -- --1995Amnesia Moonby Jonathan LethemPost Apocalypse
-- -- -- --1999Motherless Brooklynby Jonathan Lethem1940sConspiracyPrivate Eye, New York City
-- -- -- --2003The Fortress of Solitudeby Jonathan Lethem1970s1980sComing of Age, New York City