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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.

©2015 Ben Lerner (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • 11-30-20

Not Lerner's best, but still outstanding

The master of autofiction/meta fiction, whatever you want to call it. I preferred both of the books that chronologically sandwich this one - Leaving Atocha Station and The Topeka School - which are both structurally tighter as novels, where the author's meandering prose is given clearer direction, but there's an argument to be made that the looser character arc deployed here is actually the best way to experience that prose in all its glory. A great book.

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  • Wordish1
  • 03-20-20

Brainy, funny, heartfelt

This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed hanging out in Ben Lerner’s brain. Like hanging out with a clever friend.

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