A surreal and brilliant novel, set in a Pynchonesque California
Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times-bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in the New Yorker, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire and the New York Times, among others.
"A return to form, absurd and digressive in a way that makes clear Lethem's debt to Thomas Pynchon." -- Alex Preston Observer, 2017 Books of the Year "Lethem can turn a sentence like few others." -- Daniel Swift The Spectator "The Blot does not disappoint. It sets a high bar for 2017's fiction... There are moments of genuine, inexplicable tenderness as well as the sarcasm, venality and schadenfreude that swirl around the book... It also shows... that the genre best equipped to speak truthfully about the world we are in is not a flat-footed and sententious realism, but un-realism." -- Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday "Lethem's phrasemaking is as vivid and funny as ever." Daily Telegraph "Lethem is a renowned stylist who turns out funny, exuberant, surprising sentences, and who has a deep love of genre fiction." -- Paul Laity Guardian