Today, our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, tells us about Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem:
|Adam Pellman is reading Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem|
I'm still working through my reading challenge for the year, which is to read one book published each year since I was born. Motherless Brooklyn is my pick from 1999. The novel follows Lionel Essrog, a New York City private detective who is working to solve the murder of his boss/mentor, Frank Minna. Lionel has Tourette syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocal tics. The disorder makes for a unique variation on the detective genre, as Lionel's focus on his investigation and its clues is sometimes sidetracked by his compulsions. It also makes the novel a great work of psychological fiction, and it's interesting to view the world through such a distinct lens.