Oliver Twist is a young motherless orphan in Brooklyn, NY who causes a major fuss when he asks the headmaster, Mr. Bumble, for some more gruel. As he takes to the street meeting new families he meets a young bunch of Brooklyn misfits, all without their mothers, and he enters a life of crime. But will he be able to get away from Bill Sykes in time?
Lethem again explores what it's like to be an orphan in Brooklyn.
"I'm pretty sure it was just Oliver Twist, right? But just set in Bushwick..."
- Phoenix Sun
"This is definitely just Dickens' book but there must have been a global search and replace from England to Brooklyn. No, that's definitely what happened, because one time it said Engand... and I think Lethem's word processor just missed it..."
- Baltimore Times
"Consider yourself... another masterpiece! Lethem does it again, turning the Oliver Twist genre on it's head!"
- Chicago Tribune