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Review: 10.04 by Ben Lerner

By Hannah Rosefield   February 2015

213XXJ1jUxL10.04 by Ben Lerner (Granta, £14.99)

10.04 takes place mostly in New York, in the 14 months between hurricanes Irene and Sandy. The narrator, a writer whose first novel sounds a lot like Ben Lerner’s first novel Leaving the Atocha Station, and whose poetry is identical to some of Lerner’s published poetry, knows that his city is living on borrowed time—as he himself may be, since a heart abnormality means there is “a statistically significant chance the largest artery in my body would rupture at any moment.”

Now in his thirties, he is…

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