Lipsyte, Sam Venus Drive

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Venus Drive

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A funny, sad, off-kilter collection of stories from a rising American star of satire.

‘People like to call them ashes but it feels more like a couple of rocks, especially if you hold the whole thing in your hands, or swing it, as I do, on occasion, bolo-style from the sack cord. I’m still not sure why I do this, but it feels good, standing there in the dining room, windmilling my mother around.’

From the peep palaces of Times Square to the cubicles of corporate America, ‘Venus Drive’ takes us away from the toothpaste-white gleam of American life, and leads us down an altogether darker, comic road on the seedy side of town. Pot-dazed revolutionaries, summer-camp sadists, and babysitters with an eye for erotic humiliation all make themselves known in this crafty, streetwise new collection from the acclaimed author of ‘The Subject Steve’. At once shocking, inventive and funny, these stories confirm Sam Lipsyte’s place amongst the very brightest – and darkest – talents of American fiction.

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‘Pitch perfect...“Venus Drive” explores the complexity of despair with poignancy and sly wit.’ New York Times

‘Dark, nasty and very funny.’ Time Out

‘Stories that bring Raymond Carver’s low-life minimalism to mind...It’s fascinating to read a writer who can bring you so efficiently to such an uncomfortable place.’ Village Voice

Praise for Lipsyte’s debut novel ‘The Subject Steve’:

‘Sam Lipsyte is a gifted stylist, precise, original, devious, and very funny.’ Jeffrey Eugenides, author of ‘Middlesex’ and ‘The Virgin Suicides’

‘A brilliant novel, in every conceivable way.’ Toby Litt

‘I laughed out loud – and I never laugh out loud...’ Chuck Palahniuk, author of ‘Fight Club’

‘An original voice: smart, savvy...intensely funny.’ TLS

‘The best thing since George Saunders last broke cover...Kind of Beckett meets “Six Feet Under”, comedy doesn’t come much blacker than this.’ Uncut

‘Rowdy, shocking and lyrical...very funny.’ New Yorker

‘Dark, lancing humour, first-rate satire and writing that dares to be bold and edgy.’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘Laugh-out-loud funny...By turns strange, disturbing and hilarious.’ Irish Independent

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"Stories that bring Raymond Carver's low-life minimalism to mind...It's fascinating to read a writer who can bring you so efficiently to such an uncomfortable place."
'Village Voice'

'People like to call them ashes but it feels more like couple of rocks, especially if you hold the whole thing in your hands, or swing it, as I do, on occasion, bolo-style from the sack cord. I'm still not sure why I do this, but it feels good, standing there in the dining room, windmilling my mother around.'

From the peep palaces of Times Square to the cubicles of corporate America, 'Venus Drive' takes us away from the toothpaste-white gleam of American life, and leads us down an altogether darker, comic road, on the seedy side of town. Pot-dazed revolutionaries, summer-camp sadists, and babysitters with an eye for erotic humiliation all make themselves known in this crafty, streetwise new collection from the acclaimed author of 'The Subject Steve'. At once shocking, inventive and funny, these stories confirm Sam Lipsyte's place amongst the very brightest – and darkest – new talents of American Fiction.

"Sam Lipsyte is a gifted stylist , precise, original, devious and very funny."
JEFFREY EUGENIDES, author of 'The Virgin Suicides'

"Compulsively readable with brilliant and funny dialogue...Sam Lipsyte is a wickedly funny, gifted writer."
ROBERT STONE, author of 'Dog Soldiers'

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