Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent’s Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel’s colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim’s widow skips town. Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. (from the goodreads description)

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  • H H

    Any interest in Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th?

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't get to join because I was sick but would love to meet if there is a reschedule date. I could do either the 24th or 25th.

      September 13, 2013

    • Chris

      Same here

      September 14, 2013

  • Barry

    I arrived at Au Bon Pain late (7:15) and there was no one there from our book group. I realize that some of you might have met, but if we can reschedule the discussion of Motherless Brooklyn, I would really like to do it.

    September 12, 2013

    • Chris

      Sorry, I had to leave early. I would love to reschedule, to. Any suggestions ?

      September 13, 2013

  • Chris

    Wish more people showed :( However, loved this novel.

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, sorry to cancel at the last minute but unfortunately I've been sick all day. I loved this book though so I'm sure I'll miss out on a great discussion.

    September 11, 2013

  • H H

    Alert! Life Alive experienced a burst pipe and is closed for repairs. For the meeting tonight we're relocating to Au Bon Pain near the Central T station.

    September 11, 2013

  • Barry

    Live Alive is closed for repairs. Can we postpone this one week? Or arrange to meet elsewhere?

    September 10, 2013

    • H H

      We'll arrange to meet elsewhere - thanks for the heads up, Barry!

      September 11, 2013

  • Chris

    Looking forward -- Brooklynlooker, MotherlessRead, ForwardReader --- to it, too ;)

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • H H

      Ha!

      September 10, 2013

  • H H

    Looking forward to the discussion! Quite a fascinating read!

    September 10, 2013

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