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A Guide to the Literary Jonathans, Part 1 of 4: Mr. Ames

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Now that novelist Jonathan Lethem has just won a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work, we thought it was finally time to clear up the confusion we’ve experienced around the 4 Novelist Jonathans who have all achieved literary and popular successes in the past few years.

Who wrote the Jeeves pastiche? Whose work is being adapted into a soon-to-be-released movie starring Elijah Wood? Who wrote the post-9/11 novel? Who likes comic books? Who eschewed Oprah’s Book Club? The answer is not all, but one. But which one? How to distinguish? After you've read our Complete Guide to the Literary Jonathans, you'll never be embarassed at those parties full of fiction writers again.

Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, we give you the Four Jonathans of the Book World. Today, we proudly present Mr. Ames. Stay tuned for the remaining three next week.