Ben Lerner, a professor of English at Brooklyn College, has been a Fulbright Fellow, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has published three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. The narrator of Lerner’s latest novel, 10.04, has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. Now, in a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and political unrest, he must reckon with his biological mortality, the possibility of a literary afterlife, and the prospect of (unconventional) fatherhood in a city that might soon be under water.