Grappling with Mortality and the Rising Sea Level in Ben Lerner's Novel 10:04

10:04 by Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner’s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won a Believer Book Award and was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, The Guardian and New York magazine. The story follows an American poet living in Madrid, wandering around the city pursuing women. Lerner's latest novel, 10:04, picks up where his first book leaves off. The narrator has enjoyed unlikely literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal medical condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. The novel deals with the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater.