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The Fortress of Solitude
JONATHAN LETHEM

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
151 reviews (2003) (528p)
New York TimesĀ® Best Fiction Books
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Book Description
This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions—what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money—are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore.

This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist.

This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: They would screw up their lives.

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn't accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

This is the story Jonathan Lethem was born to tell. This is THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.


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Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
157 reviews (2013) (384p) (NYT100)
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THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE: Nonfictions, Etc by Jonathan Lethem
10 reviews (2011) (p) (NYT100)
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Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
96 reviews (2009) (528p) (NYTimes)
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The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
16 reviews (2005) (160p) (Amazon)
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Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
310 reviews (1999) (336p) (NBCCA) (ALA)
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Jonathan Lethem Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 Motherless Brooklyn ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Motherless Brooklyn ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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