Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning novelist JONATHAN LETHEM—author of 'Motherless Brooklyn' and 'The Fortress of Solitude'—for a discussion of his latest novel, 'The Feral Detective.'
About 'The Feral Detective'
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble—caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe’s trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous. . . .
Jonathan Lethem’s first detective novel since 'Motherless Brooklyn,' 'The Feral Detective' is a singular achievement by one of our greatest writers.
“'The Feral Detective' investigates our haunted America in all its contemporary guises—at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the apartment next door. It’s a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem’s trademark verve and wit.” —Colson Whitehead
“Like 'The Crying of Lot 49' as written and directed by Elaine May, 'The Feral Detective' is hilarious and terrifying and wrenching. Phoebe is one of the grandest, funniest heroes I’ve come upon in a long time.” —Megan Abbott
“Wild, urgent, and very funny. As always, Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, wayward America. In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty.” —Dana Spiotta