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About the Author
BEN LERNER is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station, and 10:04), and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among many other honours.
'A natural storyteller.'--James Wood, New Yorker; 'A celebration of family life in the context of the thousand natural shocks that it is heir to in modern times.'--Book World; 'Garner's stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled, an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train--momentarily, distinct and tantalizing in their beauty.'--New York Times 'Garner can write about everything for every reader...Her tone throughout is one of considerable charm and approachability. Five minutes in Garner's company, you feel, and you'd be telling her your deepest secrets.'--Neil Stewart, Civilian Global '[Garner's] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.'--The Monthly