"THE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR"
LETHEM, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday, 1999. Octavo, original half black paper boards, original dust jacket. $400.
First edition of Lethem's daring noir novel—"bringing to the genre an originality and an idiosyncratic sympathy that few other writers could muster"—boldly signed on the title page by him.
Hailed on publication as "the best novel of the year… utterly original and deeply moving" (Esquire), Motherless Brooklyn has "the flavor of a classic gumshoe thriller from the 50s" (Atlantic). "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?… Lethem is a verbal performance artist" (Boston Globe). He has crafted "a detective story that transcends its pulp roots not by adopting high-art pretensions but by bringing to the genre an originality and an idiosyncratic sympathy that few other writers could muster" (Salon). Recipient of the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the Crime Writers' Association 2000 Gold Dagger Award. Basis for the 2019 film of the same name: an "ambitious triumph for writer-producer-director-star Edward Norton" (Rolling Stone). First edition, first printing: copyright page with "October 1999" and "First Edition." As issued without dedication page and acknowledgement.
A fine signed copy.