The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The novel follows the lives of two boys growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1970s. Despite their racial differences, one being white and the other black, they form a deep friendship bonded by their shared interest in comic books, music and a magical ring that grants them superpowers. As they grow older, their paths diverge due to their racial and societal differences, with one becoming a successful music journalist and the other succumbing to a life of crime. The book is a profound exploration of race, identity, friendship and the impact of gentrification.

The 1527th greatest book of all time


Published
2003
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
500-600
Words
139,583
Original Language
English

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