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The Ask by Sam Lipsyte.. Boils with black humor as it chronicles the slide from obscurity into whatever is lower down of an incompetent but ingenious university fundraiser on his way to delicious trouble. The decline and fall of Western Civilization is funny, after all.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Lipsyte’s prose arrows fly with gloriously weird spin, tracing punch-drunk curlicues before hitting their marks—or landing in some weird alternate.."

The New York Review of Books

"[The Ask] is a biting, bilious and often brilliant book."

The Plain Dealer

Author bio: Sam was born in New York City in 1968 and grew up in New Jersey. He is a former senior editor of Feed, and the former frontman for the noise rock band, Dungbeetle. His writing has appeared in The Quarterly, 5_Trope, Nerve, Aedon, Mother Jones, Spin, and Open City Magazine. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Columbia University. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; 296 pp. Rollicking read: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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