Tag Archive: Ben Lerner

Dec 09

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

In My Name Is Lucy Barton, the titular character ruminates about her less than pristine childhood in Amgash, Illinois. The catalyst for these memories is a prolonged stay at the hospital in the early 80s where Lucy, suffering from an unexplained fever, is visited by her estranged mother. Her mother stays by Lucy’s bed for …

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Apr 10

Who Should Have Won This Year’s Folio Prize

Here is a reminder of the eight finalists of the Folio Prize, with a link to my reviews: 10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta) All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber) Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta) Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta) Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber) How to Be Both by …

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Mar 27

Book Review: 10:04 by Ben Lerner

What’s It About 10:04 is Ben Lerner’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Leaving the Atocha Station (I bought a copy of his début back in 2013 when it was nominated for a Believer Magazine Award.  Though, like many other books that linger and loiter in my garage, I haven’t read it). In 10:04 the unnamed narrator, who may …

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Feb 10

The Shortlist for the Folio Prize has been announced

And here it is: 10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta) All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber) Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta) Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta) Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber) How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – read, not reviewed… yet. Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín …

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