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B. J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.

A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just … down.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “B. J. blew me away. He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author

  • One More Thing is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B. J. Novak’s stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop.”

    Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In one of the longer entries in his very funny debut collection of stories, B. J. Novak describes a writer and translator named J. C. Audetat, who has a gift for ‘the off-the-cuff vernacular of his day’—or what might be called ‘the poetry of everyday conversations.’The same might be said of Mr. Novak, whose athletic imagination and ear for ‘the language of his own time and place’ are showcased in this volume.”

    New York Times

  • “The bulk of Novak’s stories are comedic, and more than a few are surprisingly tender…Written by an author in complete control of his craft.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Clever and fresh…Spectacularly perceptive…Novak’s ingeniously ambushing stories of longing, fear, pretension, and confusion reveal the quintessential absurdities and transcendent beauty of our catchas-catch-can lives.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “I am so relieved that I had not read B. J.’s book before I worked with him. I would just have spent every day at his feet instead of doing my job.”

    Emma Thompson, Academy Award-winning actress

  • “Everyone knew that B. J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven’t laughed at words this hard since I read.”

    Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End

  • “Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her ‘special’ period. Deliciously funny!”

    Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu

  • “Frequently brilliant…[and a] hugely pleasurable book: beneath the hilarious, high-concept set pieces and satires here beats a surprisingly tender heart.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014
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