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Jonathan Lethem

USA flag (b.1964)

Jonathan Lethem is the author of As She Climbed Across the Table, Amnesia Moon, and Motherless Brooklyn. He has been listed by Newsweek as one of their '100 People for the New Century'. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   The Vintage Book of Amnesia (2000)
   The Exegesis of Philip K Dick (2011) (with Pamela Jackson)
   Store of the Worlds (2012) (with Alex Abramovich)
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Jonathan Lethem
Short stories
Walking the Moons (1990)
The Happy Man (1991)Nebula Awards (nominee)
"Forever," Said the Duck (1993)
The Happy Prince (1993)
Mood Bender (1994)
The Insipid Profession of Jonathan Hornebom (1995)World Fantasy (nominee)
Receding Horizon (1995) (with Carter Scholz)
Five Fucks (1996)Nebula Awards (nominee)
How We Got in Town and out Again (1996)
Martyr and Pesty (1996)
Ninety Percent of Everything [short story] (1999) (with James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Genre and Genesis: A Discussion of Science Fiction's Literary Role: Why Can't We All Just Live Together? (2000)

Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1992) : The Happy Man
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : Amnesia Moon
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : Gun, with Occasional Music
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : Gun, with Occasional Music
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1996) : The Insipid Profession of Jonathan Hornebom
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1997) : Five Fucks
Dagger Awards Best Novel winner (2000) : Motherless Brooklyn
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (2001) : Ninety Percent of Everything [short story]
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Fortress of Solitude

Jonathan Lethem recommends
Corrupting Dr Nice (1997)
John Kessel
"Lucid, humane, and mercilessly funny, Corrupting Dr. Nice is a peach. If there could be great date books like there are great date movies, this would be one. Brilliant."
Stranger Things Happen (2001)
Kelly Link
"Kelly Link is the exact best and strangest short story writer on earth that you have never heard of at the exact moment you are reading these words and making them slightly inexact. Now pay for the book."
The Book of Illusions (2002)
Paul Auster
"An enthralling new summit in Paul Auster's art."
Vernon God Little (2003)
D B C Pierre
"Read Vernon God Little not only for its dangerous relevance, but for the coruscating wit and raw vitality of its voice..."
360 Flip (2004)
Molly McGrann
"The book is terrific. I read it in a couple of compulsive gulps, and found [it] vertiginous, tragic and funny."
Trance (2005)
Christopher Sorrentino
"TRANCE will be placed on the very highest shelf of that art which explains the 20th Century to the 21st."
Phone Rings (2005)
Stephen Dixon
"One of the great secret masters."
Remainder (2005)
Tom McCarthy
"A stunningly strange book about the rarest of fictional subjects: happiness."
Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead (2006)
Alan DeNiro
"I'm thrilled to see him in bookstores at last."
How the Dead Dream (2007)
(How the Dead Dream, book 1)
Lydia Millet
"One of my favourite contemporary American writers."
One for Sorrow (2007)
Christopher Barzak
"Barzak's sympathy and humor, his awareness, his easeful vernacular storytelling, are extraordinary."
Zeroville (2007)
Steve Erickson
"Erickson is as unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced."
Lowboy (2009)
John Wray
"John Wray is the Next Wave of American fiction, and Lowboy, his crazy excavation of New York's underground, is brilliant."
Fugue State (2009)
Brian Evenson
"Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe."
The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (2009)
J G Ballard
"Ballard is simply a master story writer."
American Fantastic Tales (2009)
Peter Straub
"A stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had."
The People Who Watched Her Pass By (2010)
Scott Bradfield
"Bradfield is one of my favorite living writers."
The Complete Novels (2010)
(Sailor and Lula)
Barry Gifford
"Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular... William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly... to forge the stealth-epic of Sailor..."
Pariah (2010)
Bob Fingerman
"Bob Fingerman is a narrative master as brilliantly adept with words as with images. His vision is urbane, riotous, and unflinching."
Show Up, Look Good (2011)
Mark Wisniewski
"A riotously original voice."
420 Characters (2011)
Lou Beach
"Holy sh*t! These are great!"
I Hate the Internet (2016)
Jarett Kobek
"I just got an early copy of [Kobek's] newest, I Hate the Internet, and devoured it he's as riotous as Houellebecq, and you don't need a translator, only fireproof gloves for turning the pages."
Men and Apparitions (2018)
Lynne Tillman
"Lynne Tillman's writing is a bracing, absurd, argumentative, and luminous."
Riots I Have Known (2019)
Ryan Chapman
"Ryan Chapman’s Riots I Have Known joins Rachel Kushner’s Mars Room on the short list of truly remarkable American prison novels. Chapman’s debut is literally riotous: an improbably beguiling, utterly ribald provocation, something like Lenny Bruce’s “Father Flotsky’s Triumph” as retold by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man."
Watching You Without Me (2019)
Lynn Coady
"Watching You Without Me is like a Lorrie Moore book suffering a Patricia Highsmith fever dream. You slide right along on Coady's witty and endearing style, and meanwhile the trap has closed over you without your ever standing a chance."
Pew (2020)
Catherine Lacey
"The mercurial and electric Catherine Lacey has now conjured up an of-the-moment fable of trauma and projection – one part Kaspar Hauser, one part James Purdy, and one part Rachel Cusk. The pages shimmer with implication."

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