Monday, June 25, 2012

The Ask - Sam Lipsyte


"When Milo loses his job, then gets a chance to have it back if he can reel in a big fish — a major gift from an old college friend who’s now a Machiavellian tech millionaire — he starts down a grim and spiraling path. Manipulated and degraded by the millionaire, Purdy; frozen out by his quite friendly yet unapologetically adulterous wife, Maura; even disrespected by his penis-obsessed preschooler, Milo thrashes around trying to stay afloat while he luxuriates in his growing despair and resentment. To make matters worse, Purdy has an illegitimate son, Don — a viciously angry Iraq war amputee — who turns out to be Milo’s homework: to get the donation, Milo has to keep tabs on Don and funnel hush money his way." (NY Times)


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