Venus Drive: Stories (Paperback)

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An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land and The Ask.

The Picador e-book edition includes an excerpt from The Ask.

A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square peep show, looking for more than just a little action. A young man goes into some serious regression after finding his deceased mother's stash of morphine. A group of summer-camp sadists return to the scene of the crime. Lipsyte's brutally funny narratives tread morally ambiguous terrain, where desperate characters stumble over hope, or sometimes merely stumble. Written with ferocious wit and surprising empathy, Venus Drive is a potent collection of stories from "a wickedly gifted writer" (Robert Stone).

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 several novels, including 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.

Praise For…

“Not for the faint of heart (or soul), Venus Drive explores the complexity of despair with poignancy and sly wit.” —Christine Muhlke, The New York Times Book Review

“I like it when short stories--metaphorically speaking, of course--smack me in the face, kind of like what Kafka said about art being like an axe. And so that's what Sam Lipsyte's stories do--they come at you like a fist, they knock you around, they make you wince, they make you look away, and then they make you look back.” —Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

“These are torqued-up, enthusiastically black-hearted stories by a grimly cheerful author. And the damned things are queerly rather loving and lovely as well. Bukowski meets Paley.” —Padgett Powell, author of The Interrogative Mood

“Lipsyte captures flashes of his characters' complex, addled humanity and smashes a window into their hopelessness.... It's fascinating to read a writer who can bring you so efficiently to such uncomfortable places.” —James Hannaham, The Village Voice (rated one of the Voice's top twenty-five books of the year 2000)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312429607
ISBN-10: 0312429606
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2010
Pages: 176
Language: English