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ISBN-10: 0375724834
ISBN-13: 9780375724831
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 10/24/2000
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.20" W, 0.75" H

Motherless Brooklyn

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Overview

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER A complusively readable riff on the classic detective novel from America’s most inventive novelist.

A half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette’s syndrome…. The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity…. Unexpectedly moving. The Boston Globe

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. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent’s Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal.

But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel’s colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim’s widow skips town. Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing 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.

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award - A New York Times Notable Book

The best novel of the year. . . . Utterly original and deeply moving. –Esquire

Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora. –Newsweek

Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it's more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation. In this case, it takes one trenchant wordsmith to know another. –Time

Immerses us in the mind's dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle. –The New York Times Book Review

Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome?...The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity...Jonathan Lethem is a verbal performance artisit...Unexpectedly moving. –The Boston Globe

With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn't just push the envelope, he gives it a swift kick... A tour de force. –The Denver Post

Wonderfully inventive, slightly absurdist... [Motherless Brooklyn] is funny and sly, clever, compelling, and endearing. –USA Today

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Details

ISBN-10: 0375724834
ISBN-13: 9780375724831
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 10/24/2000
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.20" W, 0.75" H
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