The Fortress of Solitude
A NovelBook - 2004
From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn , comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Through the knitting and unraveling of the boys' friendship, Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory.
"A tour de force.... Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell It on the Mountain , A Walker in the City , and Call it Sleep ." -- The New York Times Magazine
"One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year.... Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings it to a story worth telling." -- Time
From Library Staff
multcolib_matt Apr 29, 2014
Two friends growing up in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Their lives are very different, but a shared love of graffiti, music, and comics bring them together in unimaginable ways.
multcolib_recommends4 Jun 25, 2013
Two friends, both motherless, one white and one black, have a fluctuating friendship amongst a background of " race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory."