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The Topeka School Paperback – 3 Sept. 2020

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One of the best writers working today… I expect to be recommending [this] for the rest of my life’
Sunday Times‘Elegant, readable, and delightfully clever’
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‘A decade-hopping family saga… Lerner’s vigorously witty coming-of-age narrative serves as an insider critique of masculinity and privilege’

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The future of the novel is here'
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Brave, furious, and a work of love
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A novel to cherish

Riveting… This is Lerner’s most essential and provocative creation yet’ --Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen and Just Us

'Lerner's erudite third novel switches perspectives with effortless agility... zeitgeisty and involving'
Mail on Sunday

'Ambitious... In this frequently virtuosic novel, we glimpse the seam between the human-constructed world and the abyss beyond'
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'A decade-hopping family saga... Lerner's vigorously witty coming-of-age narrative serves as an insider critique of masculinity and privilege'

Tom Sutcliffe: 'The best opening ten pages I've read all year, a seductive combination of foretold violence and anecdotal misadventure... This is a book that absolutely knows about the follies of intelligence... it has many scenes in it which reveal that'
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'This riveting novel takes a sharp look at toxic masculinity and its effect on young men'
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'A funny, penetrating book about language, politics and masculinity... Lerner never shies away from emotional or intellectual complications. If anything, he feeds on them'
Evening Standard

'A potent, painful picking-apart of trauma... Lerner brilliantly pleats and plays with time... one of the most essential [novels] published this year'
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'The novel lurches towards the final launching of the cue ball like a tornado swerving over open country' --

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The most talked-about novel of the season, from the most celebrated American writer of his generation

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Granta Publications Ltd; 1st edition (3 Sept. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1783785373
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1783785377
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 1,005 ratings

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Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), three novels (Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04, and The Topeka School) and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). His collaborations with artists include Blossom (with Thomas Demand), The Polish Rider (with Anna Ostoya), and The Snows of Venice (with Alexander Kluge). Lerner has been a a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations. In 2011 he won the "Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie", making him the first American to receive this honor. Lerner teaches at Brooklyn College, where he was named a Distinguished Professor of English in 2016.

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