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Lethem, Jonathan. THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 511 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's sixth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jonatahn Lethem's "The Fortress of Solitude". His first, and major, novel since the award-winning "Motherless Brooklyn". Published to enormous critical acclaim, with blurbs on the back of the DJ by heavyweights in Michael Chabon, Paula Fox, and Elizabeth Strout, the novel confirms Lethem's status as the prose-poet of Brooklyn and her motherless boys. "Projected through the prism of race relations, black music, and pop art, Lethem's stunning, disturbing, and authoritatively observed narrative covers three decades of turbulent events on Dean Street, Brooklyn. Desperately lonely, regularly attacked and abused by the black kids, Dylan is saved by his unlikely friendship with his neighbor Mingus Rude, the son of a once-famous black singer, Barnett Rude Jr, who is into cocaine. The story of Dylan and Mingus, both motherless boys, is one of loyalty and betrayal and eventually, different paths in life. Written in prose as supple as silk and as bright, explosive, and illuminating as fireworks. By the time Dylan begins to break out of the fortress of solitude that has been his life, readers have shared his pain and understood his dreams" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Lethem collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jonathan Lethem. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. "The Fortress of Solitude" was selected as one of the "Best Books of The Year" by the New York Times in 2003. Winner of the Crawford Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1994 for "Gun, with Occasional Music". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999 for "Motherless Brooklyn". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN LETHEM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385500696. $50.00

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