Ben Lerner's 10:04 PDF

By Ben Lerner

Within the final yr, the narrator of 10:04 has loved not going literary luck, has been clinically determined with a probably deadly scientific situation, and has been requested through his ally to assist her conceive a baby. In a brand new York of more and more common superstorms and social unrest, he needs to reckon together with his personal mortality and the chance of fatherhood in a urban that would quickly be underwater.

A author whose paintings Jonathan Franzen has known as "hilarious . . . cracklingly clever . . . and unique in each sentence," Lerner captures what it's wish to be alive now, through the twilight of an empire, whilst the trouble of imagining a destiny is altering our dating to either the current and the past.

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Bracelet. "I swore you'd be there. " Graff lifted out the cup, said, "All right, five," and stole ' -07- 38 CJ CHEIWH a sip as he walked with Mitch out the main door and down the hall to the conference rooms. Door to 6a was open. Mitch's tech crew was there, Pauli and Jacoby, Jamil and his longscanner, Trace. Graff recognized a delegation when he saw it. Tanzer had said, Don't discuss the hearings. Patently that was not the intention here. Mitch shut the door. "Sir. " "Won't happen," Graff said.

From Mitch. There was no one else in the rec nook of the mess hall and no reasonable chance of being overheard in the clatter of trays. "Tanzer wants to talk, too. " Mitch was Shepherd, aggressively Shepherd, shaved up the sides, couple of earrings. Bracelet. "I swore you'd be there. " Graff lifted out the cup, said, "All right, five," and stole ' -07- 38 CJ CHEIWH a sip as he walked with Mitch out the main door and down the hall to the conference rooms. Door to 6a was open. Mitch's tech crew was there, Pauli and Jacoby, Jamil and his longscanner, Trace.

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