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The Topeka School

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One of Barack Obama's Books of the Year 'I think the future of the novel is here' Sally Rooney 'A hugely moving American masterpiece' Max Porter Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of '97, the son of two psychologists. He is a renowned debater and orator, an aspiring poet, and - although it requires a lot of posturing and weight lifting - one of the cool kids, but he's also one of the seniors who brings a loner, Darren Eberheart, into the social scene, with disastrous effects. The Topeka School is a riveting story about the challenges of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a startling prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the tyranny of trolls and the new right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men. 'His most discerning, ambitious, innovative and timely novel to date. ... deeply inspired' Maggie Nelson
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A great novel, one summoned by the desperate times in which it was written. Lerner has [...] created a work of extraordinary intelligence and subtlety, of lasting importance * Observer * The Topeka School, is an education in the sympathetic imagination, a deep and bracing intellectual challenge, a powerful political statement...Lerner plays winningly in the fertile ground between fiction and memoir...Wider-reaching, subtler and kinder than his earlier works, this is a novel to cherish... hilarious * Observer * One of the best writers working today... athletic and funny and thrillingly intelligent...a tender, extended portrait of two good parents, a rarity in literature... the nonlinear structure produces narrative lacunae that powerfully enhance our understanding of character and event. The different voices are done simply and subtly...everything feels breezy and effortless despite Lerner's unbridled intellect. What can't he do?... [Lerner is] fearsomely articulate... I expect to be recommending [this} for the rest of my life * Sunday Times * The Topeka School is [Lerner's] most successful effort at navigating between communal experience...and individual feeling without denaturing either... dazzling * Guardian * Ambitious... In this frequently virtuosic novel, we glimpse the seam between the human-constructed world and the abyss beyond * Irish Times * The perniciousness of masculinist ideology the centre of Ben Lerner's forthcoming third novel, The Topeka School * Guardian * The Topeka School is a novel of exhilarating intellectual inquiry, penetrating social insight an deep psychological sensitivity... To the extent that we can speak of a future at present, I think the future of the novel is here -- Sally Rooney Ben Lerner has redefined what it means for a writer to inhabit an American present by showing how a family reckons with its past. Here the personal and political are masterfully interwoven. The Topeka School is brave, furious, and finally a work of love -- Ocean Vuong Ben Lerner is arguably the hottest novelist writing in America today, in complete control of his ideas and his prose, and ambitious with both * Telegraph * The latest work from this speccy, hipster-beloved American follows a high-school debater who introduces a weird loner into the social scene with disastrous consequences * Times * The Topeka School is what happens when one of the most discerning, ambitious, innovative, and timely writers of our day writes his most discerning, ambitious, innovative and timely novel to date. It's a complete pleasure to read Lerner experimenting with other minds and times, to watch his already profound talent blooming into new subjects, landscapes, and capacities. This book is a prehistory of a deeply disturbing national moment, but it's written with the kind of intelligence, insight, and searching that makes one feel well-accompanied and, in the final hour, deeply inspired -- Maggie Nelson In Ben Lerner's riveting third novel, Midwestern America in the late nineties becomes a powerful allegory of our troubled present. The Topeka School deftly explores how language not only reflects but is at the very center of our country's most insidious crises. In prose both richly textured and many-voiced, we track the inner lives of one white family's interconnected strengths and silences. What's revealed is part tableau of our collective lust for belonging, part diagnosis of our ongoing national violence. This is Lerner's most essential and provocative creation yet -- Claudia Rankine, author of * Citizen: An American Lyric * Ben Lerner is a brilliant novelist, and one unafraid to make of the novel something truly new...He is one of my favourite living writers -- Rachel Kushner Ben Lerner is a masterful writer who destabilizes the very notion of what a novel can achieve by making it new at every turn. The Topeka School is not only a fiction for our times, but for the ages

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BEN LERNER was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, and is the author of two internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. He has published the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw (a finalist for the National Book Award), Mean Free Path and No Art as well as the essay The Hatred of Poetry. Lerner lives and teaches in Brooklyn.