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."
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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.Read Full Review of The Fun Parts: Stories | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of The Fun Parts: Stories | See more reviews from Blog Critics
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.Read Full Review of The Fun Parts: Stories | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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.Read Full Review of The Fun Parts: Stories | See more reviews from AV Club
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.Read Full Review of The Fun Parts: Stories
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