Synopses & Reviews
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."
"Jonathan Lethem has succeeded in delivering a wonderland on this side of the looking glass." San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Lethem is opening blue sky for American fiction.... He is rapidly evolving into his own previously uncataloged species." Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Wickedly funny." Columbus Dispatch
"An oddball tour de force." Entertainment Weekly
"Exceptionally clever.... A book of compelling ideas, of intellectual conflict, of human frailty and desire. And it's funny." Dallas Morning News
"A bravura send-up of academic foibles." The New Yorker
"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.
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