The Subject Steve: A Novel (Paperback)

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The dazzling debut novel from the author of The Ask and Home Land, Sam Lipsyte's The Subject Steve is by turns manic, ebullient, and exquisitely deadpan—and belongs in the company with the master American satirists.

Meet Steve (not his real name), a Special Case, in truth, a Terminal Case, and the eponymous antihero of Lipsyte's first novel. Steve has been informed by two doctors that he is dying of a condition of unquestioned fatality, with no discernible physical cause. Eager for fame, and to brand the new plague, they dub it Goldfarb-Blackstone Preparatory Extinction Syndrome, or PREXIS for short. Turns out, though, Steve's just dying of boredom.

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…

“I laughed out loud--and I never laugh out loud.” —Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke

“Sam Lipsyte [is] scabrously, deliriously, piss-yourself funny.” —Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Review of Books

“Lipsyte is a gifted stylist, precise, original, devious, and very funny. In a time when the language of most novels is dead on arrival, this book, about a dying man, is startlingly alive.” —Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex

“Falls somewhere between Chuck Palahniuk and George Saunders. Let's throw Vonnegut in there as an influence too. And Pynchon...This is Satire with a capital S....An enormously likable first novel. ” —Esquire

“A spot-on DeLillo-like excavation of our consuming consumer culture, and the ultimate fear---the fear of death---that lurks behind it. ” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312429973
ISBN-10: 0312429975
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 256
Language: English