Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

Book - 1999
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Publisher: New York, NY : Doubleday, 1999
Characteristics: 311 pages

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PickyReader May 08, 2014

Wonderful narration, very off-beat version of noir for folks who don't usually like that genre: flawed detective/hero, mysterious woman, innocent woman, dark criminal masters, semi-criminal/semi-innocent associates of hero, 'realistic' ending. All with a plot and voice that twist it around so you don't realize it's there, beneath the wonderfully jumpy surface of this fabulous tale. A read and a half.

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Dabruwi
Apr 19, 2014

This book is simply fabulous. It chronicles the lives of some good ol' boy gumshoes exploring the world in all it's post-coming-of-age dreariness. Lethem is always a fantastic wordsmith, but his writing is at its best here.

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kellibaker
Aug 14, 2012

This is one of my favorite Lethem books. Very interesting characters and storyline. Well worth the time investment!

lilylibrarian Mar 28, 2012

Four teenaged orphans are recruited by mafioso-wannabe Frank Minna and molded into devoted "Minna Men." When Frank is killed during one of the Men's assignments, the piper must be paid. Did I mention the narrator has Tourette's Syndrome?

jplynch25 Apr 19, 2011

Surprising, interesting peculiarly arresting.

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