The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte
Stories

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10 Critic Reviews

In The Fun Parts, a collection of his short fiction, Lipsyte introduces us to one loser after another, each overwhelmed by life...Llipsyte is a writer who delights in the absurd. His gift is that he makes the absurd seem believable, he gets the reader to buy into his vision.
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Synopsis

A hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called "the novelist of his generation"

Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, offers up The Fun Parts, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul. These are just a few of the stories, some first published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, or Playboy, that unfold in Lipsyte's richly imagined world.
Other tales feature a grizzled and possibly deranged male birth doula, a doomsday hustler about to face the multi-universal truth of "the real-ass jumbo," and a tawdry glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986. Combining both the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection, The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his best—an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer Time magazine has said "everyone should read."

 

About Sam Lipsyte

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Sam Lipsyte is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, and The Ask, the latter two New York Times Notable Books, and, most recently, The Fun Parts. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 241 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Mar 11 2013

“The Fun Parts” has fine moments, but it’s not the whole Lipsyte story.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Fountain on Mar 01 2013

...Lipsyte delivers plenty of funk, spunk and fizz. His portrayals of adolescence are pitch-perfect heartbreakers...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Kevin Barry on Jul 24 2013

Reading a Lipsyte story can feel like being collared and railed at in the street by a bearded, trembling and improbably erudite loon, and if you're a reader like me, this can make for a whole lot of fun.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Tim Lewis on Jul 06 2013

...their stories are told with tenderness and a surprising compassion, rather than being just a launch pad for gags.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Tim Lewis on Jul 06 2013

Certainly, some stories in The Fun Parts are more affecting than others.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Feb 28 2014

In The Fun Parts, a collection of his short fiction, Lipsyte introduces us to one loser after another, each overwhelmed by life...Llipsyte is a writer who delights in the absurd. His gift is that he makes the absurd seem believable, he gets the reader to buy into his vision.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Ariel Balter on Mar 04 2013

Mr. Lipsyte’s prose is crisp and well tuned, displaying true verbal pyrotechnics.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Nathan Whitlock on Mar 28 2013

A few of the stories are short, comic grotesques, the kinds of exercises an author performs when he has more stylistic verve and raw power of invention than he knows what to do with.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Mar 18 2013

Lipsyte’s talent for wringing pathos from absurdity increases exponentially as his subjects grow in peculiarity, but he doesn’t treat them as freaks; instead, their oddness empowers them.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Mar 06 2013

There’s a hint of Wallace here, a whiff of Vonnegut there, hints of existentialism and nihilism sprinkled throughout – Lipsyte’s deftness with a turn of phrase blends harmoniously with biting wit and keen social observation.

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