10:04: A Novel
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Book is a meta fiction of the critically praised author's struggle to publish his second book revealing an intimate look into the career and personal life of an NYC writer and his concerns against the winds of contemporary events.
Part W.G. Sebald (using pictures), part David Foster Wallace (personal essays), part Karl Ove Knausguaard (memoir), story turns into a profile of an intellectual using big words and overwritten observations that avoids the richness of allegory for the dryness of factual experience.