Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem – Book Review

Lionel Essrog is a private detective with Tourette’s syndrome who is investigating the death of his boss while trying to avoid raising eyebrows.

I was pretty concerned when I heard the concept of this. Tourette syndrome is one of those medical conditions that are seen as novel and hilarious, and most people seem to know about the verbal tics (particularly swearing) and it I could just see it being a joke. And it wasn’t. The book appears to have a real understanding of Tourette syndrome and how it is to move through the world with it. And then there’s the rest of the world that he has created. So good. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.