"Motherless Brooklyn" is a novel by an unknown author who won the Indie Next Award and has been published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book, which is currently enjoying a new round of online popularity, is available on Amazon's website as well as other online retailers.
For those who don't know much about the novel "Motherless Brooklyn" or the author, this synopsis will not do the story justice. The story takes place in New York City, in a storyline that is a non-linear collection of vignettes. In essence, it is an idea, with no beginning, middle, or end.
The plot of "Motherless Brooklyn" is told in a linear fashion, which may seem like a bad thing. However, it actually can make the reader anticipate what comes next, leading to a heightened sense of anticipation. This can be seen as the opposite of the current tendency of the mass-media and the internet in creating suspense rather than creating it. The reader needs to be satisfied with the reader, while the author, in this case, helps the reader find his/her bearings and reach conclusions.
The point of the novel "Motherless Brooklyn" is to evoke a sense of the world, allowing the reader to identify with one of the characters. The book is very slow paced and follows each character's attempts to find the mother he/she never knew he/she really had. The story revolves around the love between Frank Capone (a real person) and Roxy Sable (a fictional character) and the stories will vary in content, but they are connected by the story of their relationships and experiences.
The protagonist of "Motherless Brooklyn" is Frank Capone, a not-so-typical crime-fighting hero. Capone, who works as a police officer in Brooklyn, lives a difficult life, yet he is able to provide his partner with a solution and a feeling of validation, which allow him to carry on with his work even when he doesn't feel like it.
The protagonist of "Fatherless Brooklyn" is Roxy Sable, who experiences a lack of human contact. Roxy has lived all her life in New York, without a father and a mother. But she will learn that she has a real family, as she falls in love with Frank Capone's son Donnie, who looks just like her.
The novel is written in a lyrical style, which pulls the reader in. Each paragraph, which can sometimes seem unnecessary and annoying, is written with romantic intent and elegant diction. The storylines are written in a story line, which requires that the reader journey through them and meet the characters.
The set up of "Motherless Brooklyn" is similar to the earlier Romanza serie, "Motherless Rome." The Romanza series covers four books in the first series and there are four more in the second series.