Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Reads: Motherless Brooklyn

Happy Friday!

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.

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