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The Topeka School by Ben Lerner (Y)

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner (Y)

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Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 5 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781783785360

Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is a riveting story about the challenges of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a startling prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the tyranny of trolls and the new right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.

4 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
16 Aug 2019

"It's like no other American family saga I've ever read"

An ambitious and original novel narrated alternately by Adam Gordon, a student at Topeka High School in the 1990s, although time shifts throughout, and his parents Jonathan and Jane. It's like no other American family saga I've ever read, and you needn't take my word for its brilliance as here's Sally Rooney: "A novel of exhilarating intellectual inquiry, penetrating social insight and deep psychological sensitivity... To the extent that we can speak of a future at present, I think the future of the novel is here."