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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
<DIV>A hilarious collection of stories from the writer <I>The New York Times </I>called “the novelist of his generation”<BR><BR>Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the <I>New York Times</I> bestseller <I>The Ask</I>, offers up <I>The Fun Parts</I>, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, 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 stories, some first published in <I>The New Yorker</I>, <I>The Paris Review</I>, or <I>Playboy</I>, that unfold in Lipsyte’s richly imagined world.<BR> Other tales feature a grizzled and possibly deranged male birth doula, a doomsday hustler about to face the multi-universal truth of “the real-ass jumbo,” and a tawdry glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986. Combining both the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection,<I> The Fun Parts </I>is Lipsyte at his best—an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer <I>Time </I>magazine has said “everyone should read.”</DIV>