Colson Whitehead
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

2018-08-22T21:48:42+00:00

Colson Whitehead

“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.”
Dana Spiotta
The Feral Detective is a wild, urgent, very funny book about what it is like to be alive in the midst of our post-election trauma. As always, Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, feral America.  In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty.”

Dana Spiotta

2018-08-22T22:04:01+00:00

Dana Spiotta

“The Feral Detective is a wild, urgent, very funny book about what it is like to be alive in the midst of our post-election trauma. As always, Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, feral America.  In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty.”
Megan Abbott
“Like Crying of Lot 49 as written and directed by Elaine May, The Feral Detective is hilarious and terrifying and wrenching. And, as the first novel I’ve read to reckon openly with the trauma of November 2016, unbearably resonant.”

Megan Abbott

2018-08-22T22:06:31+00:00

Megan Abbott

“Like Crying of Lot 49 as written and directed by Elaine May, The Feral Detective is hilarious and terrifying and wrenching. And, as the first novel I’ve read to reckon openly with the trauma of November 2016, unbearably resonant.”
Joshua Cohen
“I want to read a shelf of Heist. I want to make him my new Travis McGee, and that's, seriously, the highest praise I know.”

Joshua Cohen

2018-08-22T22:07:31+00:00

Joshua Cohen

“I want to read a shelf of Heist. I want to make him my new Travis McGee, and that's, seriously, the highest praise I know.”
Booklist
“A funny but rage-fueled stunner....Both [characters] are compelling, as are the desert setting and the vividly realized descriptions of its dwellers....An unrelentingly paced tale...Utterly unique and absolutely worthwhile.”

Booklist ( ★ starred review)

2018-08-22T22:09:13+00:00

Booklist ( ★ starred review)

“A funny but rage-fueled stunner....Both [characters] are compelling, as are the desert setting and the vividly realized descriptions of its dwellers....An unrelentingly paced tale...Utterly unique and absolutely worthwhile.”
Kirkus
“Surrealistic, genre-bending....The personal nature of Phoebe's tectonic shift in the desert is palpable, made flesh by Lethem's linguistic alchemy....A haunting tour of the gulf between the privileged and the dispossessed.”

Kirkus ( starred review)

2018-08-22T22:10:22+00:00

Kirkus ( starred review)

“Surrealistic, genre-bending....The personal nature of Phoebe's tectonic shift in the desert is palpable, made flesh by Lethem's linguistic alchemy....A haunting tour of the gulf between the privileged and the dispossessed.”
Ron Charles
Who can really be saved in our collapsing society is the question that rumbles below these pages, but the story races along so fast you’ll barely notice you’ve entered such dark territory…The elements of detective fiction fit in Lethem’s hands as comfortably as a snub-nose .38

– Ron Charles, The Washington Post

2018-11-03T18:11:41+00:00

– Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Who can really be saved in our collapsing society is the question that rumbles below these pages, but the story races along so fast you’ll barely notice you’ve entered such dark territory…The elements of detective fiction fit in Lethem’s hands as comfortably as a snub-nose .38


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Sonya.Cheuse@harpercollins.com

awwwww

I remember Idiot Tooth.

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“Vivian Relf” by Ben Arthur and Cindy Lee Berryhill

Here’s a thing. The singer-songwriter Ben Arthur has this podcast where he and another singer-songwriter do song versions of stories by people and they did one around a story by moi.

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Brooker’s Book

I can’t wait to read this.

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In Chicago with Stacie Williams

I’m really looking forward to this.  

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Tom Glynn’s unpublished prison novel

My old friend wrote one of the great white whales that got away.  

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Me and Dyer talk about Eagles

We’re both in the habit of writing short books about single films. We’ll talk about this in Los Angeles at Skylight.

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Let the Memories Drive

I remember Bowman.

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The Brown Acid

I decided to survey all the fictional drugs invented by people other than myself and Philip K. Dick.

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Musicsplaining

Here I go again, nailing it all down for you! This was a fun conversation, part of a great visit to Portland.

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Oeuvre, Emojied

One might quibble with the rankings, but first bow down to the emoji work.

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I remember the dB’s.

Do you?

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I found another excuse to do what Frank Zappa called “Dancing about architecture”.

Some songs that have to do with the Feral Detective, at least in my mind.

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Bizarro Worlds by Stacie Williams

I want to read this.

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I worry a lot about conspiracies

This essay is my crazy wall.  

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Feral is going to Germany.

It’s getting Wilde.

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LETHEM movie in Houston

They’re showing it in Houston, the evening before I read at Inprint. I’ll be there.

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Oxford American Southern Music Issue

I wrote about the rock band called The dB’s for the new North Carolina edition of the Oxford American Southern Music Issue.  

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Some Coverage from the Inland Empire

Local institutions Pomona College and the Daily Bulletin are proud of me. I’m grateful.

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Teaching Unteachable Books

At the AWP Conference in Portland March 27-30, 2019, I’ll be on a panel called “Teaching Unteachable Books”

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Lethem avatar meets young Donald Trump

Lethem avatar Harris Conklin recollects going to Shea Stadium with a young Donald Trump in this new book by David Shields.

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