A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE.
From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Through the knitting and unraveling of the boys' friendship, Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory.
"A tour de force.... Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell It on the Mountain, A Walker in the City, and Call it Sleep." --The New York Times Magazine
"One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year.... Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings it to a story worth telling." --Time
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jonathan Lethem’s semi-autobiographical novel mostly unfolds within a few Brooklyn blocks, but it covers miles of territory. Two motherless neighbors, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude—white and black, respectively—bond over comic books and graffiti during NYC’s dismal ’70s. But Mingus can’t protect Dylan from ritual bullying any more than Dylan can rescue his friend from a worse fate. Lethem’s writing crackles with authority as he charts the boys’ divergent paths and explores the knotty relationships between fathers and sons, superheroes and mortals, punk and hip-hop, and, ultimately, race and America.
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Let me start by saying that Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn" was one of the best books I have read in years. I thus began this story with hopeful enthusiasm for a repeat great read. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I found his prose this time too wordy, his descriptions of neighborhoods, events,and people too rambling to hold my interest. While portions did resonate I simply no real interest in the protagonist or the other characters. I will try Lethem again but would recommend "Motherless Brooklyn" way over this!