Jonathan Lethem

in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
February 19, 1964




Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer.

His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller.

In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship

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Motherless Brooklyn

3.88 avg rating — 34,117 ratings — published 1999 — 67 editions
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The Fortress of Solitude

3.87 avg rating — 20,564 ratings — published 2003 — 45 editions
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Gun, With Occasional Music

3.77 avg rating — 9,727 ratings — published 1994 — 31 editions
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Chronic City

3.53 avg rating — 8,406 ratings — published 2009 — 30 editions
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As She Climbed Across the T...

3.67 avg rating — 5,061 ratings — published 1997 — 19 editions
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You Don't Love Me Yet

2.82 avg rating — 4,351 ratings — published 2007 — 33 editions
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Amnesia Moon

3.49 avg rating — 3,420 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Girl in Landscape

3.58 avg rating — 3,200 ratings — published 1998 — 15 editions
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Dissident Gardens

3.27 avg rating — 3,801 ratings — published 2013 — 29 editions
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Men and Cartoons

3.46 avg rating — 2,759 ratings — published 2004 — 21 editions
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“Insomnia is a variant of Tourette's--the waking brain races, sampling the world after the world has turned away, touching it everywhere, refusing to settle, to join the collective nod. The insomniac brain is a sort of conspiracy theorist as well, believing too much in its own paranoiac importance--as though if it were to blink, then doze, the world might be overrun by some encroaching calamity, which its obsessive musings are somehow fending off.”
Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

“I want what we all want," said Carl. "To move certain parts of the interior of myself into the exterior world, to see if they can be embraced.”
Jonathan Lethem, You Don't Love Me Yet
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“Those promises we make to ourselves when we are younger, about how we mean to conduct our adult lives, can it be true we break every last one of them? All except for one, I suppose: the promise to judge ourselves by those standards, the promise to remember the child who would be so appalled by compromise, the child who would find jadedness wicked.”
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