Venus Drive: Stories

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Picador, Mar 2, 2010 - Fiction - 176 pages
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An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and 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. Sam 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).

The Picador paperback edition includes an excerpt from The Ask.


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User Review  - malrubius - LibraryThing

Just plain great writing. Interesting characters. Weird WEIRD situations. Superior use of language. You can see the inchoate genius in these short bursts of brilliance. Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick311 - LibraryThing

Everyone knows by now that I'm a Sam Lipsyte superfan. I think I prefer his novels to his stories, but that might just be a general preference for me, rather than a Lipsyte-specific setting. I do like ... Read full review


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Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He has also written The Subject Steve and Home Land, winner of The Believer book award. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

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