Author Jonathan Letham's newest novel takes its stories from his childhood. "The Fortress of Solitude" has been critically acclaimed. It follows the adventures of two boys, one black, one white as they grow up in a tough New York neighborhood. The story begins in the late '60s and follows the characters to the present day. As the boys become men, their neighborhood becomes gentrified. Along the way, the boys—Mingus and Dylan—learn harsh realities about life, love, popular music—and even comic books.