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After an amusing and intriguing opening, The Topeka School book takes a quick dive into dullsville. With references to pre-digital filmmaking, its 1997 setting and an italicised opening dive into a disturbed mind, this novel only served to remind me of David Foster Wallace's wonderfully-sentenced Inifinite Jest and make me wish I was reading that instead. Several times I found myself asking my living room wall 'What's the damn point?' Its silence, its blank stare proved to be a devastatingly accurate reply. I returned the book to Amazon. My reason for return? Performance or quality inadequate.
Lerner’s two previous novels left me cold, some truly outstanding writing, but the protagonists were simply too self-sentered (and filled with self-pity). A shame, as parts of both books are amazing. This book, however, is simply brilliant through and through. A great story, told in a sensitive and beautiful way - a must read.
This was ordered as a Christmas present, and opened it on Christmas Eve before wrapping it. Unfortunately the bottom of the dust jacket was creased in several places. There wasn't time to send it back for a replacement. Not very impressed.