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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An early novel from the award-winning and bestselling author of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN and FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, now available for the first time on audio.Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.

Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

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Quotes & Awards

  • Exceptionally clever. . . . A book of compelling ideas, of intellectual conflict, of human frailty and desire. And it's funny. Dallas Morning News
  • Jonathan Lethem has succeeded in delivering a wonderland on the side of the looking glass, San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Lethem is opening blue sky for American fiction. . . . He is rapidly evolving into his own previously uncataloged species. Village Voice Literary Supplement
  • Wickedly funny. Columbus DIspatch  
  • An oddball tour de force. Entertainment Weekly 

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly Booms Walsh | 2/3/2014

    " A clever conceit - but the prose is overworked and tends toward the purple side. Loved the idea of the explorations of pseudo-science and losing a lover to a black hole of possibilities/alternate reality, but it was exhausting to wade through the piles of metaphors and clever twists of phrase that the characters thought in. The lack of simple, concise language distanced me emotionally and made this book seem pretentious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina Borysthen | 1/28/2014

    " Proof that Jonathan Lethem can write about characters almost free of place, and free of Brooklyn. Hilariously bizarre. Both science geeks and lit nerds will find this funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Johnson | 1/12/2014

    " This is my favorite romance story in book form of all time. Hands down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 1/8/2014

    " Like all of Lethem's work, the premise (a scientist who falls in love--literally--with a vacuum-ic entity) is fertile. Like some Lethem, the follow-through is not all there. Engaging and quick, but in the end the strength of the story is little more than the idea. "

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