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Title:
The Topeka School
Written by:
Ben Lerner 
Read by:
Christopher RaglandJohn MoraitisRegina Reagan 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
9 hours 50 minutes 
Published:
October 01 2020 
Available Date:
October 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655694090 
Genres:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction 
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Bolinda/Audible audio 
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From the award-winning author of 10:04 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 right.

Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of 1997. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author and 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 effects. Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, Ben Lerner's The Topeka School is the story of a family's struggles and strengths and the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity.

'An education in the sympathetic imagination, a deep and bracing intellectual challenge, a powerful political statement ... This is a novel to cherish.'
The Observer

'Ben Lerner is arguably the hottest novelist writing in America today, in complete control of his ideas and his prose, and ambitious with both.'
The Telegraph