By Ben Lerner

Faber & Faber, Hardcover, 9780865478107, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2014


In the last year, the narrator of "10:04" has enjoyed unlikely literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal medical condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. In a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and social unrest, he must reckon with his own mortality and the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater.
A writer whose work Jonathan Franzen has called "hilarious . . . cracklingly intelligent . . . and original in every sentence," Lerner captures what it's like to be alive now, during the twilight of an empire, when the difficulty of imagining a future is changing our relationship to both the present and the past.

About the Author
Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. His first novel, "Leaving the Atocha Station", won the 2012 Believer Book Award, and excerpts from "10:04" have been awarded "The Paris Review"'s Terry Southern Prize. He has published three" "poetry collections: "The Lichtenberg Figures", " Angle of Yaw", " "and" Mean Free Path"." "Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014

Ben Lerner's new novel is about a writer who gets an advance for a second work of fiction, is diagnosed with an aortic heart valve problem and agrees to be the sperm donor for a close friend. More at NPR.org

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