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10:04: A NOVEL by Ben Lerner

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December 2014, no. 367
Lerner's Beacon

10:04: A NOVEL

by Ben Lerner

Granta, $27.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781783781379

10:04: A NOVEL by Ben Lerner

Reviewed by
December 2014, no. 367

In Ben Lerner’s second novel, 10:04, weather maps that promise hurricanes deliver mere showers. The symptoms presented by an ailing human body don’t always yield a diagnosis and the night sky is a mystery. Excavated dinosaur bones can suggest that a creature as wonderful as a brontosaurus might have existed and then, on review, reveal that marvel to have been a fiction all along. It is hard to make sense of all this cultural, biological, and physical data; to integrate, as the narrator of this remarkable novel reflects, ‘all that information into a larger picture’.

Lerner's Beacon

10:04: A NOVEL

by Ben Lerner

Granta, $27.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781783781379

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