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Staff Pick

"After deciding to recommend this book, I recently reread it, and it's absolutely as funny, sweet, and unique as I remembered it. As She Climbed Across the Table takes place in the world of the academy; the main character researches the academy itself — the relationships between departments, the textuality of peer reviews. This setting, particularly in the latter half of the book, creates dialogue that, for me, hearkens back to White Noise and The Verificationist — extraordinarily funny, half-satire and half-revelation. Lethem is dealing with many subjects here, including physics, deconstruction, and "blindsight," but the theme of conversation and communication, spoken or not, moves throughout the book tying character to character to — well, universe. Jonathan Lethem is known for writing in a variety of genres — detective stories in the future, Westerns on other planets — but this book is primarily a love story. The characters, sometimes despite themselves, become real and urgent to the reader, yet the clean and playful prose gives the book a welcome lightheartedness. If you've only read Motherless Brooklyn, or have somehow missed Lethem altogether, this book is a great place to start."
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

"After deciding to recommend this book, I recently reread it, and it's absolutely as funny, sweet, and unique as I remembered it. As She Climbed Across the Table takes place in the world of the academy; the main character researches the academy itself — the relationships between departments, the textuality of peer reviews. This setting, particularly in the latter half of the book, creates dialogue that, for me, hearkens back to White Noise and The Verificationist — extraordinarily funny, half-satire and half-revelation. Lethem is dealing with many subjects here, including physics, deconstruction, and "blindsight," but the theme of conversation and communication, spoken or not, moves throughout the book tying character to character to — well, universe. Jonathan Lethem is known for writing in a variety of genres — detective stories in the future, Westerns on other planets — but this book is primarily a love story. The characters, sometimes despite themselves, become real and urgent to the reader, yet the clean and playful prose gives the book a welcome lightheartedness. If you've only read Motherless Brooklyn, or have somehow missed Lethem altogether, this book is a great place to start."
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.

The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.

Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

Review:

"Jonathan Lethem has succeeded in delivering a wonderland on this side of the looking glass." San Francisco Bay Guardian

Review:

"Lethem is opening blue sky for American fiction.... He is rapidly evolving into his own previously uncataloged species." Village Voice Literary Supplement

Review:

"Wickedly funny." Columbus Dispatch

Review:

"An oddball tour de force." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Exceptionally clever.... A book of compelling ideas, of intellectual conflict, of human frailty and desire. And it's funny." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"A bravura send-up of academic foibles." The New Yorker

Review:

"Crisp, ecstatic chapters and wonderfully likable characters make this parody of academia wickedly fun." St. Petersburg Times

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of the novels Gun, with Occasional Music, Amnesia Moon, As She Climbed Across the Table, Girl in Landscape, Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, the story collections, The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye and Men and Cartoons, and a book of prose, The Disappointment Artist. Film rights for Amnesia Moon have been bought by David Lynch, whilst Edward Norton has bought the rights for Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem was described by Newsweek as one of its "100 People for the New Century." Jonathan Lethem currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571205899
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Copyright:
Pages:
192

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Product details 192 pages Faber and Faber - English 9780571205899 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"After deciding to recommend this book, I recently reread it, and it's absolutely as funny, sweet, and unique as I remembered it. As She Climbed Across the Table takes place in the world of the academy; the main character researches the academy itself — the relationships between departments, the textuality of peer reviews. This setting, particularly in the latter half of the book, creates dialogue that, for me, hearkens back to White Noise and The Verificationist — extraordinarily funny, half-satire and half-revelation. Lethem is dealing with many subjects here, including physics, deconstruction, and "blindsight," but the theme of conversation and communication, spoken or not, moves throughout the book tying character to character to — well, universe. Jonathan Lethem is known for writing in a variety of genres — detective stories in the future, Westerns on other planets — but this book is primarily a love story. The characters, sometimes despite themselves, become real and urgent to the reader, yet the clean and playful prose gives the book a welcome lightheartedness. If you've only read Motherless Brooklyn, or have somehow missed Lethem altogether, this book is a great place to start."

"Staff Pick" by ,

"After deciding to recommend this book, I recently reread it, and it's absolutely as funny, sweet, and unique as I remembered it. As She Climbed Across the Table takes place in the world of the academy; the main character researches the academy itself — the relationships between departments, the textuality of peer reviews. This setting, particularly in the latter half of the book, creates dialogue that, for me, hearkens back to White Noise and The Verificationist — extraordinarily funny, half-satire and half-revelation. Lethem is dealing with many subjects here, including physics, deconstruction, and "blindsight," but the theme of conversation and communication, spoken or not, moves throughout the book tying character to character to — well, universe. Jonathan Lethem is known for writing in a variety of genres — detective stories in the future, Westerns on other planets — but this book is primarily a love story. The characters, sometimes despite themselves, become real and urgent to the reader, yet the clean and playful prose gives the book a welcome lightheartedness. If you've only read Motherless Brooklyn, or have somehow missed Lethem altogether, this book is a great place to start."

"Review" by , "Jonathan Lethem has succeeded in delivering a wonderland on this side of the looking glass."
"Review" by , "Lethem is opening blue sky for American fiction.... He is rapidly evolving into his own previously uncataloged species."
"Review" by , "Wickedly funny."
"Review" by , "An oddball tour de force."
"Review" by , "Exceptionally clever.... A book of compelling ideas, of intellectual conflict, of human frailty and desire. And it's funny."
"Review" by , "A bravura send-up of academic foibles."
"Review" by , "Crisp, ecstatic chapters and wonderfully likable characters make this parody of academia wickedly fun."
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