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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393326071
ISBN-13: 9780393326079
Sku: 36415645
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  496
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"A phantasmagoria of American paranoia and self-loathing in the person of a deranged but somehow goodhearted middle-aged mail carrier in steep decline, the book hums with a kind of chipper angst."--Jonathan Lethem, "Los Angeles Times Book Review."
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"'Masterpiece' would be an exaggeration, but only a small one."—Andrew Ervin, Washington Post Book World|A phantasmagoria of American paranoia and self-loathing in the person of a deranged but somehow good-hearted middle-aged mail carrier in steep decline, the book hums with a kind of chipper angst," writes Jonathan Lethem in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Mailman tells the blackly comic story of Albert Lippincott. Albert is Nestor, New York's mailman extraordinaire—aggressively cheerful, obsessively efficient. But he also has a few things to hide: his habit of reading other people's mail, a nervous breakdown, and a sexually ambiguous entanglement with his sister. Now his supervisors are on to his letter-hoarding compulsion, and there's a throbbing pain under his right arm. Things are closing in on Albert, who will soon be forced to confront, once and for all, his life's failures. Funny and moving, driven by a wild, compulsive interior voice, Mailman is a unique creation, a deeply original American novel. Already optioned to the movies, this astonishing and kinetically charged tale was one of the most exuberantly praised novels of 2003."A phantasmagoria of American paranoia and self-loathing in the person of a deranged but somehow good-hearted middle-aged mail carrier in steep decline, the book hums with a kind of chipper angst," writes Jonathan Lethem in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Mailman tells the blackly comic story of Albert Lippincott. Albert is Nestor, New York's mailman extraordinaire--aggressively cheerful, obsessively efficient. But he also has a few things to hide: his habit of reading other people's mail, a nervous breakdown, and a sexually ambiguous entanglement with his sister. Now his supervisors are on to his letter-hoarding compulsion, and there's a throbbing pain under his right arm. Things are closing in on Albert, who will soon be forced to confront, once and for all, his life's failures. Funny and moving, driven by a wild, compulsive interior voice, Mailman is a unique creation, a deeply original American novel. Already optioned to the movies, this astonishing and kinetically charged tale was one of the most exuberantly praised novels of 2003.A black comic novel chronicles the odyssey of Albert Lippincott, a neurotic mailman and resident of Nestor, New York, whose efficiency hides his penchant for reading other people's mail, nervous breakdown, disastrous marriage and troubled, sexually ambiguous relationship with his sister. Reprint.
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Albert has had a difficult upbringing, a blighted college career (he was expelled for attacking a professor), a brief bad marriage, and now a stint working for the .O. When he begins opening the mail, copying it--and sometimes even answering it--his actions have unintended (and very ghastly) consequences that could lead to his downfall. Suspected of a murder, he finds precarious refuge in his parents' home in Florida, an escape that brings its own problems.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Sardonic fun...." 07/15/2003

New York Times Book Review
"Lennon's Brodkeyesque sensual memory, his artful wordplay and the many startlingly hilarious moments of sweetness--respites from Albert's often bleak adventures--make Lennon's novel both intricate and mesmerizing." - Emily Gordon 09/14/2003

Times Literary Supplement
"As a snapshot of American life, this is a novel that prefers to glimpse the unnoticed and unrecorded things that make up our days. In recording them, J. Robert Lennon has written a moving and gently celebratory book." - Michael Newton 10/10/2003

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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