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  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473522992
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

Lucky Alan

New stories from ‘an American master’. (Daily Telegraph)

A father’s nervous breakdown during a visit to a theme park; a political prisoner confined to a hole in a busy New York street; a haunted 'blog' … Welcome to Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting – a place where the uncanny can be found lurking in the mundane, where humour and poignancy work in harmony, and a modern master of American letters entertains and dazzles us once again, as only he can.

  • Pub date: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473522992
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem

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.

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Praise for Lucky Alan

“Sharp, sad, sophisticated, funny and sometimes exceedingly strange”

Kate Saunders, The Times

“Lucky Alan is worth reading for those stories that convey so adroitly people’s beleaguered attempts to communicate with one another.”

Hannah Beckerman, Guardian


Aamer Hussein, Independent

“The confidence of Lethem’s narration and the clarity of his language save any of this from whimsy: that’s a tough trick to pull off, but Lethem does it over and over again. No wonder he won a MacArthur fellowship (the famous “genius grant”) a decade ago.”

Erica Wagner, Financial Times

“A powerful glimpse into where Lethem is as a writer right now.”

Bookmunch (Blog)

“These strange, largely wonderful short stories are yet another welcome dispatch from the freewheeling imagination of one of America’s most admired prose writers.”

Metro, 4 stars

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