“The Topeka School” is so different in tone, so unabashed in its conventionality — and even geometric in plot — that it can read like a critique of Lerner’s previous work. 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. Such a self-effacing move is typically Lerneresque: he excels at agonising over the politics of the body he inhabits (a white straight American man), only to then let his agonising become bigger and baggier. Claire Lowdon. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. The Topeka School is the sound of “a public learning slowly how to speak again, in the middle of the spread”. The book would have been more enjoyable if the author has commented on how an entire medical facility with a tradition of psychoanalysis (Freud’s theories having been disproven years ago) managed to exist in Topeka, Kansas at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. The novel was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book is considered both a bildungsroman and a work of autofiction, as the narrative incorporates many details from Lerner's own life. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27 (304p) ISBN 978-0-374-27778-9 . This information about The Topeka School shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. Buy this book. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner review — what can’t this man do? Which did not bode well, as the perspective’s was the boyfriend, and I am a female reader. A novel so good our critic expects to be recommending it for the rest of her life. The Topeka School Ben Lerner. • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner is published by Granta (£16.99). The Topeka School begins with a female listener getting bored of hearing her boyfriend talk. 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. The Topeka School is a 2019 novel by the American novelist and poet Ben Lerner about a high school debate champion from Topeka, Kansas in the 1990s. Review by . book review Ben Lerner’s ‘The Topeka School’ goes deep into the lives of one family, and the psyche of the American male By Rebecca Steinitz Globe Correspondent, Updated October 24, …

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