10:04

10:04

Picador
Paperback
256 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-08133-9

A Novel

Ben Lerner

“This masterful, at times dizzying novel reevaluates not just what fiction can do but what it is.” —Tiffany Gibert, Time Out New York (five-star review)

In the last year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unlikely literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal medical condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. In a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and social unrest, he must reckon with his own mortality and the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater. A writer whose work Jonathan Franzen has called “hilarious . . . cracklingly intelligent . . . and original in every sentence,” Lerner captures what it’s like to be alive now, during the twilight of an empire, when the difficulty of imagining a future is changing our relationship to both the present and the past. “Mr. Lerner is among the most interesting young American novelists at present . . . In 10:04, he’s written a striking and important novel of New York City, partly because he’s so cognizant of both past and present. He’s a walker in the city in conscious league with Walt Whitman . . . We come to relish seeing the world through this man’s eyes.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Ben Lerner

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Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award, and excerpts from 10:04 have been awarded The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.