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10:04

Ben Lerner

In the past year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. Now, in a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and political unrest, he must reckon with his biological mortality, the possibility of a literary afterlife, and the prospect of (unconventional) fatherhood in a city that might soon be under water.

In prose that Jonathan Franzen has called ‘hilarious… cracklingly intelligent… and original in every sentence’, Lerner’s new novel charts an exhilarating course through the contemporary landscape of sex, friendship, memory, art and politics, and captures what it is like to be alive right now.

  • Published: 25/06/2015
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781847088932
  • 129x20mm, 256 pages

[10:04 is] contemplative and tender... Out of the ephemera of everyday life, Lerner has created a work of great artifice, knitted together by dozens of images... I doubt I'll read a finer novel this year

Jonathan Beckman, Telegraph

Lerner writes with a poet's attention to language... Brilliant

Hari Kunzru, New York Times Book Review

Brilliant... Contemplative and tender... I doubt I'll read a finer novel this year'

Sunday Telegraph *****

The Author

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 three internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04 and The Topeka School. 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.

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