J.Robert Lennon

Published: 20 May 2004
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 496 pages
ISBN: 9781862076730


A blackly comic epic - a voyage through small-town America, and through the interior life of its most neurotic mailman. Albert Lippincott is a thirty-year veteran of the Nestor, New York, Post Office - a letter carrier extraordinaire, aggressively cheerful, obsessively efficient. But Albert has a few things to hide. His unfortunate habit, for instance, of reading other people's mail; his abortive university career, complete with a crackpot theory, a nervous breakdown and a thwarted attempt to bite out his professor's eye; a disastrous marriage, grotesquely self-absorbed parents and a sexually ambiguous entanglement with his melodramatic sister. And then there's his attempt to reform the postal system of Kazakhstan and his complicated relationship with his cats. And now his supervisors are on to his letter-opening compulsion, there's a throbbing pain under his left arm and he is finding it increasingly difficult to contain his emotions. Things are closing in on Albert, and he is forced to confront, once and for all, his life's failures. Albert Lippincott is a brilliant creation: flawed, damaged, but fiercely perceptive, and desperate to make meaning out of the mess of existence. He, and Lennon, hold us captive with a wild narrative voice fuelled by desperation and touched by madness.

About the author

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J. Robert Lennon was born in 1970 and lives in New York State. He is the author of Mailman, The Light of Falling Stars, The Funnies and On the Night Plain, all available from Granta Books. More about the author


‘Albert Lippincott is a marvellous creation: bilious choleric, unhinged, fuelled by resentment and self-pity ... yet the novel is written with such humour and zest that it is a joy to read. Mailman is an inglorious story of resentment and fury expertly bottled by its protagonist, but expertly told by its author’ David Flusfeder



‘Lennon writes like an expansive Raymond Carver ... a name to watch’

‘Totally original: authentically weird and wonderful, and compulsively readable. He is a dazzling stylist - gifted with a manic turn-of-phrase, a splendidly aberrant sense of humour, and an intriguing empathy for Lippincott's skewed world-view’ Douglas Kennedy

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