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Lethem, Jonathan. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 311 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough fifth novel. One of Jonathan Lethem's finest achievements. 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 Jonathan Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn". His single most popular and beloved creation. In Lionel Essrog, Lethem has created one of the most unforgettable characters of contemporary American fiction, the "Human Freakshow", afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome. "The best novel of the year. Utterly original and deeply moving" (Esquire Magazine). "A wunderkind who in a scant five years has produced five aggressively original works of fiction. One waits eagerly to learn where Lethem will take us next" (Kirkus Reviews). The basis of the major Hollywood film adaptation directed by Edward Norton, with himself as Lionel Essrog and an all-star cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Bobby Canavale, Dallas Roberts, and others. An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Lethem collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Jonathan Lethem 10/17/99". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and post-publication dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 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". Selected as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the New York Times in 2003 for "Fortress of Solitude". 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 0385491832. $100.00

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