The Fun Parts

By Sam Lipsyte
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250043597, 229pp.)

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

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A boy eats his way to self-discovery, while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Elsewhere, 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 characters you'll encounter in Sam Lipsyte's richly imagined world.
Featuring a grizzled and possibly deranged male doula, a doomsday hustler who must face the multi-universal truth of "the real-ass jumbo," and a tawdry glimpse of a high school shot-putting circuit in northern New Jersey, circa 1986, Lipsyte's short stories combine the tragicomic brilliance of his beloved novels with the compressed vitality of "Venus Drive." "The Fun Parts" is Lipsyte at his very best--a far-ranging exploration of new voices and vistas from "the most consistently funny fiction writer working today" ("Time").

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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