The Fun Parts: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
By Sam Lipsyte
A hilarious number of tales from the author The big apple occasions called “the novelist of his generation”
Returning to the shape within which he all started, Sam Lipsyte, writer of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, bargains up The enjoyable Parts, a ebook of daring, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his strategy to self-discovery whereas one other needs to conflict the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fable realm. in the meantime, an aerobics teacher, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the main stunning bounce possible to avoid wasting her soul. These are only some of the tales, a few first released in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, or Playboy, that spread in Lipsyte’s richly imagined world.
different stories characteristic a grizzled and doubtless deranged male beginning doula, a doomsday hustler approximately to stand the multi-universal fact of “the real-ass jumbo,” and a tawdry glimpse of the northern New Jersey highschool shot-putting circuit, circa 1986. Combining either the tragicomic dazzle of his loved novels and the compressed power of his vintage debut collection, the joys Parts is Lipsyte at his best—an exploration of latest voices and vistas from a author Time magazine has acknowledged “everyone should still read.”
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Little black flies swarmed around the fruit. Sam stretched out one arm and grabbed a banana, and the monster trembled. He pulled but the banana wouldn’t break loose. He glanced down and around at the townsfolk. Everyone was silent, watching him, waiting, he thought, for him to make a mistake and fall. Crazy Sam Briggs. “Okay,” he said. ” He jerked at the banana, once, twice, and it came away in his hand. She groaned. Where the banana had been attached, bright red blood gathered and fell in slow drops to the dusty street below.
He let them bunch up at the door behind him, then stepped aside and switched on the light to reveal a lavishly appointed dinner table. The walls of the dining room had been papered white with a faint red rose pattern. A picture Stuart had first mistaken for a big photograph mimicked a window on one wall. When he looked a little closer he saw it was a painting. Not a very good painting. He doubted even a very good painting would have chased away the overwhelming sense of being underground. It had something to do with the way light and sound behaved, something about the earthy smell of the air.
There’s still time for negotiation, Jessica,” I said. ” Jessica was doing what the nanopeople thought was Mom’s voice. I wasn’t fooled. Mom never whined. Not the old Mom anyway. At least we had the nanopeople’s attention these days. At first, Jessica had not bothered to even acknowledge our existence. Then we started pushing Mom into water over her head, and Jessica decided to talk to us. I tied the big rubber bands to Mom’s boots. “The word is bungee, Jessica,” Ada said. My sister was becoming one scary chick, I thought, what with her horse tattoo and western hat and the ever-present toothpick in the corner of her mouth.