10 New Must-Reads for September

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10:04, Ben Lerner (September 2)

It’s now becoming a pattern: Lerner writes excellent novels with terrible-sounding premises. This one is, technically, a novel about a poet who accidentally wrote a critically acclaimed novel and is trying to write another one (sound like anyone we know?). But actually, it’s a smart and complex meta-novel, whose tricks (reprinting one of Lerner’s stories from The New Yorker in its entirety, headings intact, for example) never seem groan-worthy, and only make you greedy for more.