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Ask, The

Lipsyte, Sam

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ISBN 10: 0374298912 / ISBN 13: 9780374298913
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2010
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Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land, has written a widely acclaamed novel that probes just about all contemporary American anxieties with wit, insight, and originality. This is an AS NEW copy, with number line starting with "1," inscribed "to ---- , Great to see you! May every ask be answered! Sam Lipsyte.". Bookseller Inventory # 100737

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Title: Ask, The

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, INSCRIBED

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A searing, beautiful, and deeply comic novel by a young American master

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.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2010: How can a life so miserable be so funny? Is it because the stakes are so low (Milo Burke, the antihero of Sam Lipsyte's novel, The Ask, is a failure at many things, but most prominently at his job of pulling in major donors for a deadwater arts program at a middling university neither you nor he care about), or because they are so high (among them death, love, and the general squandering of the glories of creation on trivia)? Lipsyte's brilliant bile earned his previous novel, Home Land, one of the most passionate cult followings in recent years, and in The Ask that verbal invention is often the only thing that can rouse Milo and his peers from their ennui. They bait and badger each other and toss off complex cultural analyses to little effect, all the while haunted by the gap between wit and wisdom. Lipsyte manages to be both sour and tender to his characters, Milo in particular, whose barest shambles toward self-respect come to seem like the first baby steps of an honorable quest. --Tom Nissley

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