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2005 Shortlist

The Fortress of Solitude

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbours, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighbourhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as “gentrification.”

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn’t accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Jonathan
Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, 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 is the author of nine novels. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, 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.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
06/01/2005
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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