"UTTERLY ORIGINAL AND DEEPLY MOVING": FIRST EDITION OF MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, BOLDLY SIGNED BY JONATHAN LETHEM
LETHEM, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday, (1999). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $400.
First edition of Lethem's award-winning novel, signed on the title page by him, basis for the 2019 film starring and directed by Edward Norton from his screenplay adaptation, a fine copy.
Motherless Brooklyn is, at once, "a detective story, a shrewd portrait of Brooklyn, a retold Oliver Twist and a story so baroquely voiced (the hero has Tourette's syndrome) that Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora" (Newsweek). Ultimately Lethem has crafted "a Keatonesque detective who stumbles gracefully upon solutions rather than rooting them out. In Motherless Brooklyn solving the crime is beside the point… this is a novel about the mysteries of consciousness" (New York Times). Awarded the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2000 CWA Gold Dagger Award, it is "utterly original and deeply moving" (Esquire). Basis for 2019 film starring Edward Norton, and directed by him from his screenplay adaptation of Lethem's novel.
A fine signed copy.