The Ask

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From the author of Home Land and Venus Drive comes Sam Lipsyte's searing, beautiful, and deeply comic novel, The Ask.

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has "not been developing": after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor—a major "ask"—who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement. But it turns out that the ask is Milo's sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the "give" won't come cheap.

Probing many themes— or, perhaps, anxieties—including work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, Sam Lipsyte's The Ask is a burst of genius by an author who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
April 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
755
KB

Customer Reviews

Truman A. ,

Sam Lipsyte is brilliant!

I listened to his short story, THE WORM IN PHILLY, on the Paris Review Podcast awhile ago.

Instantly purchased this book. This expense has been nothing, but an asset. Mr. Lipsyte's approach to writing is clever and his content does not disappoint.

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