Pulitzer Prize Finalist . The Topeka School by Ben Lerner; The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; Repeat winners. Maybe the most remarkable thing about The Topeka School is the way it models this possibility by gathering together the apparently distant and unrelated—psychotherapy, high school debate, Kansan politics, concussions, the drama of a marriage—into a story that feels sincere and generous.” FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE ONE OF THENEW YORK TIMESTOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR A TIME, GQ, Vulture,and WASHINGTON POSTTOP 10 BOOK of the YEAR ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio … . READ REVIEW . Adam, the center and occasional narrator of Lerner’s (The Hatred of Poetry, 2016, etc.) . Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: Jane's reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, Jonathan's marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School was shortlisted for this year’s National Book Critics Circle award for fiction and has now moved up to #2 on that Pulitzer predictions page I’ve mentioned a few times here. Four writers to date have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction multiple times, one nominally in the novel category and two in the general fiction category. The Topeka School was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Ernest Hemingway was selected by the 1941 and 1953 juries, but the former was overturned and no 1941 award was given. bookshelf 6; THE TOPEKA SCHOOL. Two writers from Kansas were recognized by the Pulitzer Prize judges Monday. In which the author scrupulously investigates his upper-middle-class upbringing to confront its messy interior of violence, betrayal, and mental illness. In 2016 he became the first poetry editor at … The Topeka School is brave, furious, and, finally, a work of love.” – Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous ), and The Dutch House , by Ann Patchett, both fresh takes on classic coming-of-age stories. The Topeka School Summary. Anne Boyer won the prize for general nonfiction and Ben Lerner was a finalist for fiction for his novel The Topeka School. “Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School is the best novel of the Donald Trump era thus far. by Ben Lerner ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2019. In 2008 Lerner began editing poetry for Critical Quarterly, a British scholarly publication.