From The Award Winning Author Of And Leaving The Atocha Station, A Tender And Expansive Family Drama Set In The American Midwest At The Turn Of The Century A Tale Of Adolescence, Transgression, And The Conditions That Have Given Rise To The Trolls And Tyrants Of The New RightAdam Gordon Is A Senior At Topeka High School, Class Of His Mother, Jane, Is A Famous Feminist Author His Father, Jonathan, Is An Expert At Getting Lost Boys To Open Up They Both Work At The Foundation, A Well Known Psychiatric Clinic That Has Attracted Staff And Patients From Around The World Adam Is A Renowned Debater And Orator, Expected To Win A National Championship Before He Heads To College He Is An Aspiring Poet He Is Although It Requires A Great Deal Of Posturing, Weight Lifting, And Creatine Supplements One Of The Cool Kids, Passing Himself Off As A Real Man, Ready To Fight Or Better Freestyle About Fighting If It Keeps His Peers From Thinking Of Him As Weak Adam Is Also One Of The Seniors Who Brings The Loner Darren Eberheart Who Is, Unbeknownst To Adam, His Father S Patient Into The Social Scene, With Disastrous EffectsDeftly Shifting Perspectives And Time Periods, Ben Lerner S The Topeka School Is The Story Of A Family S Struggles And Strengths Jane S Reckoning With The Legacy Of An Abusive Father, Jonathan S Marital Transgressions, The Challenge Of Raising A Good Son In A Culture Of Toxic Masculinity It Is Also A Riveting Prehistory Of The Present The Collapse Of Public Speech, The Trolls And Tyrants Of The New Right, And The Ongoing Crisis Of Identity Among White Men
Ben Lerner is an American poet, novelist, and critic He was awarded the Hayden Carruth prize for his cycle of fifty two sonnets, The Lichtenberg Figures In 2004, Library Journal named it one of the year s twelve best books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures appeared in a German translation in 2010, for which it received the Preis der Stadt M nster f r internationale Poesie in 2011, making Lerner the first American to receive this honor.Born and raised in Topeka, which figures in each of his books of poetry, Lerner is a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School where he was a standout in debate and forensics At Brown University he earned a B.A in Political Theory and an MFA in Poetry He traveled on a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain in 2003 where he wrote his second book, Angle of Yaw, which was published in 2006 and was subsequently named a finalist for the National Book Award, and was selected by Brian Foley as one of the 25 important books of poetry of the 00s 2000 2009 Lerner s third full length poetry collection, Mean Free Path, was published in 2010.Lerner s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was published by Coffee House Press in August 2011 It was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and New York Magazine, among other periodicals It won the Believer Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for first fiction and the New York Public Library s Young Lions prize.In 2008 Lerner began editing poetry for Critical Quarterly, a British academic publication He has taught at California College of the Arts, the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2010 joined the faculty of the MFA program at Brooklyn College.Lerner s mother is the well known psychologist Harriet Lerner.
- 304 pages
- The Topeka School
- Ben Lerner
- 03 August 2018 Ben Lerner