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Motherless Brooklyn
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Published:
New York : Doubleday, ?1999.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Desc:
311 pages ; 25 cm
Status:
7 copies, 11 people are on the wait list.
Description
"Tell your story walking." St. Vincent's Home for Boys, Brooklyn, early 1970s. For Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. The Human Freakshow, a victim of Tourette's syndrome (an uncontrollable urge to shout out nonsense, touch every surface in reach, rearrange objects), Frank Minna is a savior. A local tough guy and fixer, Minna shows up to take Lionel and three of his fellow orphans on mysterious errands: they empty a store of stereos as the owner watches; destroy a small amusement park; visit old Italian men. The four grow up to be the Minna Men, a fly-by-night detective agency-cum-limo service, and their days and nights revolve around Frank, the prince of Brooklyn, who glides through life on street smarts, attitude, and secret knowledge. Then one dreadful night, Frank is knifed and thrown into a Dumpster, and Lionel must become a real detective. As Lionel struggles to find Frank's killer--without letting his Tourette's get in the way--he's forced to delve into the complex, shadowy web of relationships, threats, and favors that make up the Brooklyn world he thought he knew so well. No one--not Frank, not Frank's bitter wife, Julia, not the other Minna Men--is who they seem. Not even The Human Freakshow. All of the Lethem touches that have thrilled critics are here--crackling dialogue, sly humor, dizzying plot twists--but they're secondary to wonderfully full, tragic, funny characterizations, and a dazzling evocation of place. Indeed, Brooklyn--with its charming folkways and language, its unique style of bad-guy swagger and sentimentality--becomes itself a major character. Motherless Brooklynis a bravura performance: funny, tense, touching, extravagant. This novel signals the coming of age of a major American writer.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385491839, 0385491832, 9780375724831, 0375724834
Reading Level:
UG
Level 6.1, 15 Points

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Description
A black comedy in New York's criminal underworld. The twitching hero--he suffers from Tourette's syndrome--is one of four misfits who were rescued from an orphanage by a man who gave them jobs in his detective agency. Now the man has been killed and the boys intend to get the killer.
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,6.1,15.0,35837.
Awards
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Fiction, 1999
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Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Lethem, J. (1999). Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Lethem, Jonathan. 1999. Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Lethem, Jonathan, Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday, 1999.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Lethem, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn. New York: Doubleday, 1999. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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