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- Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
- Format: Paperback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 32mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 March 2005
- ISBN 10: 0571219357
- ISBN 13: 9780571219353
- Sales rank: 29,794
From the funked-up, messed-up Brookyn of the 1970s to the present day, this stunning novel spans thirty years in the life of two best friends, Dylan and Mingus, their families and an entire neighbourhood. From their stories comes the history of soul music, of graffiti art, of comic books, of experimental film and 'rock writing'. With a cast of more than a hundred characters and more than fifty speaking parts, this is a touching and intimate novel on an epic scale.
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Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of seven novels including Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger.He has also written two short story collections, a novella and a collection of essays, edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia, guest-edited The Year's Best Music Writing 2002, and was the founding fiction editor of Fence magazine.His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's and many other periodicals.He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
By shannon matthews 02 Sep 2010
This is the first Jonathan Lethem book I've read.
I really enjoyed it. Well recommended.
"'Jonathan Lethem's novel is the best New York City novel of the past 10 or 15 years... Probably the one American novel this year you absolutely must read.' Rick Moody; 'One of those rare books that felt as though it had to be written.' Nick Hornby; 'A phenomenal book, with the pace of Scorsese or Spike Lee.' Uncut"