Biography

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, including most recently DISSIDENT GARDENS. A recipient of the MacArthur fellowship, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California.

Jonathan Lethem

Books by Jonathan Lethem

by Jonathan Lethem and Bill Kartalopoulos - Graphic Novel

Jonathan Lethem brings both literary and comics credibility to his picks for the best graphic pieces of the year.

by Jonathan Lethem - Fiction, Short Stories

Jonathan Lethem’s third collection of stories uncovers a father’s nervous breakdown at SeaWorld; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street; and a crumbling, haunted “blog” on a seaside cliff. As in his novels, Lethem finds the uncanny lurking in the mundane, the irrational self-defeat seeping through our upstanding pursuits, and the tragic undertow of the absurd world(s) in which we live.

by Jonathan Lethem - Fiction

At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant, and her daughter, Miriam, who flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.

by Jonathan Lethem - Criticism, Essays, Nonfiction

What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture supposed to do with novelists? Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers.

by Jonathan Lethem - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Like some sort of Mendelian hybrid, Lethem's MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN is a cross between a classic detective story, a satire of that same story, and a literary exegesis on the infinite complexities of language.