By Sam Lipsyte
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312680633, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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A "New York Times" Bestseller
A" New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice
Milo Burke--husband, father, development officer at a third-tier university--has just joined the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is relieved to get another chance from his former boss. All he has to do is reel in a potential donor who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement. Exploring such themes as work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, "The Ask "is a hilarious tour de force from a writer who has already shown that the deepest fictions are often the funniest.