The Topeka School (Library Binding)

By Ben Lerner

Thorndike Press Large Print, 9781432876586, 501pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/30/2019)
Hardcover (10/1/2019)
Paperback (10/6/2020)

List Price: 30.99*
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October 2019 Indie Next List

“It’s the late ’90s in Topeka, and high school senior Adam Gordon is partying, going to school, and preparing for a national speech and debate competition—living a life he expects to reflect back upon with irony and detachment in some urbane, imaginary future. 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. And he does all this while toying with language and the spaces where it breaks down as we attempt to self-define. Simply put, The Topeka School is a work of genius.”
— Chris Lee, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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