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Sam Lipsyte discusses and signs The Ask

Sam LipsyteThe Ask takes aim at marriage, work, parenting, abject failure, and a host of subjects you haven't figured out how to feel bad about yet. This latest slice of mucked-up life follows Milo Burke, a washed-up painter living in Astoria, Queens, with his wife and three-year-old son, as he's jerked in and out of employment at a mediocre university where he solicits funds for the art department.  Milo's latest target is Purdy Stuart, a former classmate turned nouveau aristocrat to whom Milo quickly becomes indentured. In its merciless assault on the duel between privilege and expectation, The Ask finally arrives at a rare articulation of empire in decline.



Event date: 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
91101 Pasadena
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ISBN: 9780374298913
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 2nd, 2010