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The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

Ben Lerner brings back his protagonist Adam Gordon and chronicles the end of his childhood, as well as the evolution of his parents' marriage, the radicalization of a classmate, and a new generation of kids spurned by the effects of bootstraps masculinity in a widely-acclaimed novel that proves its author's finger to be right on the pulse of a divided America. ~ Reviewed by Nolan Rabine

Underworld: A Novel by Don DeLillo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684848150
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Published: Scribner - July 9th, 1998

A masterclass in non-linear storytelling and weaving narratives together over the course of around 40 years. Don DeLillo's "Underworld" opens with the best prologue I've ever read, tracking the baseball hit by Bobby Thomson off of Ralph Branca in the 1951 pennant game - "The Shot Heard 'Round the World," as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover learns of the conducting of a bomb test overseas. The rest of the book is told in reverse, the stories of Nick Shay, Klara Sax, and over a hundred side characters, resulting in an 800-page epic of American life and the role we play in submitting to the systems in place. A true American classic, and a must-read for any fan of literary fiction. ~ Reviewed by Nolan Rabine

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