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Jonathan Lethem
Adult Fiction LETHEM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Lethem (Fortress of Solitude; Motherless Brooklyn; etc.) strays from hometown Brooklyn to recount the near-fame experience of a Los Angeles alternative rock band. Its success depends on bass guitarist Lucinda Hoekke, an unwitting femme fatale whose irrational whims torture the artsy Gen-Xers in her orbit. When the novel opens, she's answering phones for a complaint line designed to also function as a "theatrical piece" and is charmed by the eloquent gripes of one serial caller, a professional phrase writer named Carl. (He's responsible for coining "All thinking is wishful," among others.) They embark on a sex-drenched bender that culminates with the band's debut performance-a breakout success. Lucinda is the band's "secret genius," having provided the ideas for the catchiest songs; only she cribbed them from Carl, whose cooperation must be purchased with a token position in the band. Zany disaster ensues in this entertaining but largely insubstantial romantic farce. Lethem tricks out the plot with his usual social wit (music moguls are "unyouthful men in youthful clothes"), but from a writer whose previous books have carved new notches on the literary wall, this measures up as stunted growth. (Mar. 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A struggling L.A. alternative rock band with no name has yet to play a gig. Matthew, the lead singer, works in the zoo and brings home a kangaroo he thinks needs better care. Denise, the drummer, works in a sex shop. Lyricist Bedwin is a genius who can't even remember to eat. Lucinda, who plays bass, answers a complaint line for a performance artist whose theatrical piece consists of a fake office with actors as the workers who answer real phone lines. One of the callers, Carl, is attracted to Lucinda, and they eventually become lovers. She begins jotting down his ramblings, which Bedwin, inspired by Carl's ingenious phrasing, turns into the band's breakout songs. However, Carl, who is a professional phrase writer, wants to be compensated for his contribution-by becoming a member of the band. Lethem's previous fiction has covered a wide range of territory, from a Western in outer space to the award-winning, mainstream Motherless Brooklyn. However, don't look for futuristic noir here. Lethem's newest is more entertaining romantic caper than daring literature. Recommended for medium to large fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/06.]-Donna Bettencourt, Mesa Cty. P.L., Grand Junction, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lucinda Hoekke
Female
Works in a complaint department doing customer service; in in an alternative band where she plays bass; provides the band with great ideas for their songs which brings them to fame; in love with Carl.
Guitarist

Carl
Male
Known as The Complainer; in love with Lucinda; gave Lucinda the ideas for her band's songs; wants to join the band.

Matthew
Male
Confused; works at a zoo; kidnaps a kangaroo; lead singer of an alternative band.
Singer

Denise
Female
Works at a masturbation boutique; drummer for an alternative band.
Drummer

Bedwin
Male
Suffering from writer's block; band's talented lyricist.
Songwriter



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