Venus Drive by Sam Lipsyte

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An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and The Ask.

A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square peep show, looking for more than just a little action. A young man goes into some serious regression after finding his deceased mother’s stash of morphine. A group of summer-camp sadists return to the scene of the crime.  Sam Lipsyte’s brutally funny narratives tread morally ambiguous terrain, where desperate characters stumble over hope, or sometimes merely stumble. Written with ferocious wit and surprising empathy, Venus Drive is a potent collection of stories from "a wickedly gifted writer" (Robert Stone).

The Picador paperback edition includes an excerpt from The Ask.



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 2, 2010 by Picador. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Much more is unclear: a severe diet, the beautiful and eager, semi-evil people out to destroy each other, how time passes swiftly while dieting.

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From ""Admiral of the Swiss Navy"" or ""The Drury Girl,"" where the dark view of suburban childhoods predominates, to ""Old Soul,"" the first story, about the narrator's sister's death from cancer, these people take the world much too seriously and yet risk things much too lightly.

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Michael Manley 20 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5