Jonathan Lethem '86

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Jonathan Lethem ’86 is a MacArthur “Genius Grant”-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, published in 1994, mixed elements of science fiction and detective novels. Continuing in the genre-bending approach for which he is best known, Motherless Brooklyn from 1999 won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named book of the year by Esquire, turning him into what The New York Times called “something of a hipster celebrity.” His semi-autobiographical bildungsroman The Fortress of Solitude became a New York Times 500 Internal Server Error

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