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From Barnes & NobleA Review of Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. Some smart, talented writer was going to figure out what Joycean possibilities for wordplay Tourette's syndrome affords, and I'm so glad Lethem got there before David Foster Wallace. This book is on the (very) surface an affectionate literary updating of the noir novel, but its genius lies in its depiction of its central character—Lionel Essrog, an orphaned young man afflicted with both Tourette's and hero worship—and its other central character, Brooklyn. This is a page-turner that's antic, funny, scary, and distinct. Lethem's ability to defy genre pigeonholes is special, and Motherless Brooklyn is his best book yet.