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Review – The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner

BY Will Hutton   /  30 November 2019

A short way into Ben Lerner’s new novel, The Topeka School, Jonathan, a therapist at the Topeka “Foundation”, and one of the novel’s narrators, is wandering the medieval art galleries of the Met when he happens upon Duccio’s Madonna and Child and experiences something that has long eluded characters in Lerner novels. Jonathan has a profound experience of art:


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