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The Resource Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem

Label
Motherless Brooklyn
Title
Motherless Brooklyn
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Lethem
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
St. Vincent's Home for Boys, Brooklyn, early 1970s. For Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. The Human Freakshow, a victim of Tourette's syndrome (an uncontrollable urge to shout out nonsense, touch every surface in reach, rearrange objects), Frank Minna is a savior. A local tough guy and fixer, Minna shows up to take Lionel and three of his fellow orphans on mysterious errands: they empty a store of stereos as the owner watches; destroy a small amusement park; visit old Italian men. The four grow up to be the Minna Men, a fly-by-night detective agency-cum-limo service, and their days and nights revolve around Frank, the prince of Brooklyn, who glides through life on street smarts, attitude, and secret knowledge. Then one dreadful night, Frank is knifed and thrown into a Dumpster, and Lionel must become a real detective. As Lionel struggles to find Frank's killer--without letting his Tourette's get in the way--he's forced to delve into the complex, shadowy web of relationships, threats, and favors that make up the Brooklyn world he thought he knew so well. No one--not Frank, not Frank's bitter wife, Julia, not the other Minna Men--is who they seem. Not even The Human Freakshow. All of the Lethem touches that have thrilled critics are here--crackling dialogue, sly humor, dizzying plot twists--but they're secondary to wonderfully full, tragic, funny characterizations, and a dazzling evocation of place. Indeed, Brooklyn--with its charming folkways and language, its unique style of bad-guy swagger and sentimentality--becomes itself a major character. ... from publisher's description
Summary
A walk on the wild side of Brooklyn's criminal underclass with a hero known as "The Human Freakshow," a would-be detective also answering to the name of Lionel Essrog. Essrog is a victim of Tourette's Syndrome; hapless and veering out of control, he fights himself and his disease
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Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2000.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 1999.
  • Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, 2000.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 1999.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 1999
Awards note
Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction 2001.
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040570
Cataloging source
VHEI
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Lethem, Jonathan
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Private investigators
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Orphans
  • Young men
  • Detective and mystery fiction
  • Thrillers (Fiction)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 1999; London: Faber, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066263391
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780571359318
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129472267
Label
Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 1999; London: Faber, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066263391
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780571359318
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129472267

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