by J. Robert Lennon


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"A phantasmagoria of American paranoia and self-loathing in the person of a deranged but somehow good-hearted middle-aged mail carrier in steep decline, the book hums with a kind of chipper angst," writes Jonathan Lethem in the "Los Angeles Times Book Review." "Mailman" tells the blackly comic story of Albert Lippincott. Albert is Nestor, New York's mailman extraordinaire aggressively cheerful, obsessively efficient. But he also has a few things to hide: his habit of reading other people's mail, a nervous breakdown, and a sexually ambiguous entanglement with his sister. Now his supervisors are on to his letter-hoarding compulsion, and there's a throbbing pain under his right arm. Things are closing in on Albert, who will soon be forced to confront, once and for all, his life's failures. Funny and moving, driven by a wild, compulsive interior voice, "Mailman" is a unique creation, a deeply original American novel. Already optioned to the movies, this astonishing and kinetically charged tale was one of the most exuberantly praised novels of 2003."

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ISBN-13: 9780393326079
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 483
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J. Robert Lennon is the author of three previous novels. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's and The New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Ann Patchett

Mailman is madness, pure dazzling energy. Lennon's writing contains enough electricity to light up the country.

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