The Ask

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.

About the Author
Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collections "Venus Drive" (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and "The Fun Parts "and three novels: "The Ask", "The Subject Steve" and "Home Land", which was a "New York Times" Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
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