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Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it's more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation.-- "Time"
Immerses us in the mind's dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Wonderfully inventive, slightly absurdist...[Motherless Brooklyn] is funny and sly, clever, compelling, and endearing.-- "USA Today"
Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora.-- "Newsweek"
Most rewarding...Delightfully oddball.-- "New Yorker"
The best novel of the year...Utterly original and deeply moving.-- "Esquire"
In Essrog...Lethem has fashioned a lovably strange man-child and fill his cross-wired mind with a crashing, self-referential interior monologue that is at once laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and in the honest service of a terrific story.-- "Washington Post Book World"
Gripping, mournful, touching, and comic...One of the greatest feats of first-person narration in recent American fiction.-- "Washington Post "
With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn't just push the envelope, he gives it a swift kick...A tour de force.-- "Denver Post"
Jonathan Lethem is one of the most original voices among younger American novelists...His imagination [is] marvelously fertile.-- "Newsday"
Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome?...The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity...Lethem is a verbal performance artist...Unexpectedly moving.-- "Boston Globe"
Superbly balances beautiful writing and an engrossing plot.-- "Atlanta Journal Constitution"
Motherless Brooklyn, is, among other things, a tale of orphans, a satire of Zen in the city, and a murder mystery.-- "Time Out New York"
Lethem's sixth sense for the secret enchantments of language and the psyche...make [Motherless Brooklyn] well worth the ride.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The author has applied his trademark genre-bending style to fine effect. Already well known among critics for his literary gifts, Lethem should gain a wider readership with this appealing book's debut.-- "Library Journal"
A brilliantly imagined riff on the classic detective tale...Don't miss this one.-- "Kirkus Reviews"