2020 Political Fiction Book prize long list

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner

Published by: Granta Books

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, and is the author of three internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04 and The Topeka School. He has published the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw (a finalist for the National Book Award), Mean Free Path and No Art as well as the essay The Hatred of Poetry. Lerner lives and teaches in Brooklyn.

How do boys become men? How do sons grow into fathers? With exhilarating intelligence and formal playfulness, Ben Lerner examines the roots of America's toxic masculinity and debased political discourse."