The Topeka School A Novel

By: Lerner, Ben

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282pp. 8vo (9.25" x 6.25"). Paper over boards, stamped spine. Signed by the author on the half-title page. Book has a complete number line from 1-10, is unread, unmarked, unclipped, and resides in a black custom slipcase with title and author on spine and back board in white. This is Powell's Books Indiespensable #83 in the series; a 33-page interview booklet and a copy of the Uncorrected Proof (ARC) of "Eden Mine" by S. M. Hulse is included


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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 '97. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, is an expert at getting "lost boys" to open up. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. He is one of the cool kids, 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 bring the loner Darren Eberheart--who is, unbeknownst to Adam, his father's patient--into the social scene, to disastrous effect.

Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: Jane's reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, Jonathan's marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.

Title: The Topeka School A Novel

Author Name: Lerner, Ben

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2019

ISBN Number: 0374277788

ISBN Number 13: 9780374277789

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As new

Jacket Condition: as new Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0002663