Lerner has hit on something deep, and true, in the portrait of “debate” in this book . Digital Audiobook (9/30/2019) . "—Vulture (#1 Book of the Year) "Absorbing . Among the myriad miracles of The Topeka School is that it accomplishes so much, captures so much and questions so much about America in fewer than 300 pages. FICTION | The co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize (alongside Margaret Atwoodâs âThe Testamentsâ) is composed of novella-length chapters that draw us deep into the lives of a dozen women in Britain of various backgrounds and experiences. The Topeka School is not only a fiction for our times, but for the ages: insightful, humane, politically astute, and true.”—Hilton Als, author of White Girls"In Ben Lerner’s riveting third novel, Midwestern America in the late nineties becomes a powerful allegory of our troubled present. . But we have no more time to waste. By Ben Lerner, ... Review: 'The Topeka School,' captures America's brutal divisions. Lerner can get away with writing so many books that are autofictional because a spirit speaks through him—because his language takes on a life of its own. We come to relish seeing the world through [the narrator’s] eyes.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times “Ingenious . Rather than inviting the reader to look at him or his life, he invites the reader to look through him." . Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)“Ben Lerner’s forthcoming novel The Topeka School weaves a masterful narrative of the impact that mental illness, misogyny, homophobia, politics, and religion have on children who want to be men . His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. Lerner takes us back to Kansas in the 1990s where a high school debate team star and his mother, a psychotherapist, contend with the increasingly toxic language that passes for civil discourse in America. . NONFICTION | Miller, formerly known as Emily Doe, the sexual assault victim of Brock Turner, deliberately and triumphantly reclaims her story by drawing a clear-eyed portrait of how difficult it is for rape victims to get justice, and how the process serves as its own kind of re-victimization. 'Girl, Woman, Other' received half a Booker Prize, but it deserves all the glory, For many immigrants, family separation happens long before the border, Stanford assault victim Chanel Miller's new book indicts her attacker â and the system, Ocean Vuong's 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' is permanently stunning, Tale of a woman who died and a woman who killed in the Northern Ireland conflict, 'Strangers and Cousins' is an unusually substantive comedy, 'The Topeka School,' captures America's brutal divisions, A New Orleans family history: Big promises, dashed hopes and rising water, The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019, The best graphic novels, memoirs and story collections of 2019. FICTION | This debut novel by a Saigon-born poet is labeled fiction but draws heavily on the events of the authorâs life. —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air“This is a book that belongs to the future.” —Giles Harvey, The New York Review of Books“[Lerner’s] concerns wrap around the modern moment with terrifying rightness . FICTION | Here is that all-too-rare masterpiece: a svelte big novel. Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. Kate Atkinson, John Grisham and Andrea Camilleri, among others, deliver nail-biting must-reads. Superb books, new and old, are elevated by excellent narration. It's funny, and at times, painfully acute . Review: 'The Topeka School,' captures America's brutal divisions. . . —Rachel Kushner, author of The FlamethrowersPraise for 10:04"Reading Ben Lerner gives me the tingle at the base of my spine that happens whenever I encounter a writer of true originality.