Library Binding, Large Print (3/25/2020). —Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Marriage Plot"Just how many singular reading experiences can one novelist serve up? . The Topeka School is a hard book to classify or define. Review: Stanford assault victim Chanel Miller's new book indicts her attacker — and the system. . THE TOPEKA SCHOOL By Ben Lerner [ This was selected as one of the Book Review’s 10 best books of 2019.See the full list. [Lerner] is a supremely gifted prose stylist, at once theoretical and conversational; he never bores or blathers, and is always limpid. Review: 'Strangers and Cousins' is an unusually substantive comedy. . As the novel progresses, their connections accrue gradually, allowing us moments of understanding spiked with surprise. Lerner’s own arsenal has always included a composer’s feel for orchestration, a ventriloquist’s vocal range and a fine ethnographic attunement . Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. In prose both richly textured and many-voiced, we track the inner lives of one white family’s interconnected strengths and silences . . 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' is the fantasy epic everyone will be talking about. Lerner shifts between perspectives, stealing stylistic bits from autofiction and documentary; he reinvents the way narrative can place the moments of our lives in the context of history, both global and hyper-local, exploring how history inflicts trauma onto us and how we, in turn, inflict that trauma back onto history. . There were too many to choose from. Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? . . "—Vulture (#1 Book of the Year) "Absorbing . . 10:04 is a mind–blowing book … Strange and spectacular." —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air“This is a book that belongs to the future.” —Giles Harvey, The New York Review of Books“[Lerner’s] concerns wrap around the modern moment with terrifying rightness . Embroidery by Sarah K. Benning. With its dual portrait of an obscure victim and a notorious revolutionary, “Say Nothing” is a cautionary tale about the zealotry of youth, the long-term consequences of violence and the politics of forgetting. Jane, in particular, is an astonishing creation; it is hard to think of another character in recent fiction who shows up so vividly on the page . . Determined to keep the words “climate change” from fading into our “mental furniture,” he has gathered the most vivid statistics, distilled history to its juiciest turns, and made the case as urgently as can be: Our existence is in jeopardy. Few writers are so deeply engaged as Lerner in how our interior selves are shaped by memory and consequence . . ... Erin Entrada Kelly and Washington Post reviewers share their favorites. Other Editions of This Title: Kate Atkinson, John Grisham and Andrea Camilleri, among others, deliver nail-biting must-reads. It’s rare to find a book that is simultaneously searing in its social critique and so lush in its prose that it verges on poetry.” —Nikki Shaner-Bradford, The Paris Review (Staff Pick) "Ben Lerner is arguably the hottest novelist writing in America today, in complete control ofhis ideas and his prose, and ambitious with both." It's funny, and at times, painfully acute . But we have no more time to waste. soldier.) . "—Public Books"With acute social insight into the crisis of toxic masculinity and deep psychological penetration into one Midwestern family, [The Topeka School] is the rare novel of ideas that never skimps on depth of feeling. "—Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire"In Lerner's work, an anticapitalist rhetoric indebted to critical theory is wedded to a lyricism that finds an eerie beauty in what it negates, like a black light . . . . Increasingly powerful and heartbreaking as the story moves on. —Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous “Ben Lerner is a masterful writer who destabilizes the very notion of what a novel can achieve by making it new at every turn. a particle accelerator of a novel. . . There was no shortage of happily ever afters this year; some even took place in outer space. Lerner does what only great novelists can, which is explore the condition of the whole country in the particular story of a few characters in a small town. Despite the book's specificity in place and time—Kansas in the late 1990s—it is really America that is lying on the therapist's couch. And then the book itself—page by page, sentence by sentence—surmounts it . The daring mix of historical recollection and sexual exploration is framed as a candid letter to the narrator’s mother, a volcanic woman whose life was made possible by the Vietnam War. NONFICTION | Miller, formerly known as Emily Doe, the sexual assault victim of Brock Turner, deliberately and triumphantly reclaims her story by drawing a clear-eyed portrait of how difficult it is for rape victims to get justice, and how the process serves as its own kind of re-victimization. . —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts"Ben Lerner is a brilliant novelist, unafraid to make of the novel something truly new . After it is destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, it also becomes a symbol of the issues confronting us today: pernicious racism, corporate greed, displacement and the improbable arithmetic of survival as a member of the working poor. FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZEONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEARA TIME, GQ, Vulture, and WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK of the YEARONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio PrizeWinner of the Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award ALSO NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Esquire, NPR, Vogue, Amazon, Kirkus, The Times (UK), Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph (UK), Financial Times (UK), Lit Hub, The Times Literary Supplement (UK), The New York Post, Daily Mail (UK), The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian (UK), Electric Literature, SPY.com, and the New York Public Library From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New RightAdam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of ’97. He is one of my favorite living writers." . . Our reviewers explain their picks, from “The Hanging Artist” to “The Night Tiger”. . . . The story takes place in the 1990s in Topeka, Kan., where a high school senior named Adam Gordon is a star on the debate team (as was Lerner). FICTION | Inspired by African mythology, James, a former Booker Prize winner, turns a motley group’s quest to find a missing boy into a fast-paced, fantastical adventure.

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