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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
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A fantastic coming-of-age tale set in mid-to-late 1970s Brooklyn. Two motherless boys grow up next door to one another: Mingus Rude, son of an R&B singer, and Dylan Ebdus, son of a University Professor, grow up together on their block following first their passion for comic books (the title is drawn from the name of Superman's secret base in the Arctic) and later their love of graffiti and hip-hop. First and foremost a tale of friendship's makings and falling apart, Lethem also adds a healthy dose of race, class, gentrification, loyalty, and memory to create on of the most satisfying coming of age stories that I have ever read. This isn't A Separate Peace (thank god!), and while it isn't my favorite Lethem, it's certainly up there.
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message 1: by Jasper (new)

Jasper Bark Hey Chloe, out of interest, what is your favourite Lethem?


Chloe Hello! I think my favorite of Lethem's works at this point was the first of his I readAs She Climbed Across the Table, about a love triangle between two physicists and the black hole they create together. Though Motherless Brooklyn is a very close second.


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Jasper Bark Thank you for the recommendations. I shall check those out.


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