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Extended Audio Sample The Ask: A Novel, by Lora Leigh, Sam Lipsyte, Lipsyte Sam Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,934 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lora Leigh, Sam Lipsyte, Lipsyte Sam Narrator: Sam Lipsyte, Clarissa Knightly, Lipsyte Sam Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has “not been developing”: after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor—a major “ask”—who, mysteriously, has requested Milo’s involvement. But it turns out that the ask is Milo’s sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the “give” won’t come cheap.

Probing many themes—or, perhaps, anxieties—including work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, The Ask is a burst of genius by a young American master who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin Adams | 2/14/2014

    " Sam Lipsyte has written a hilarious at times novel but what agitated me the most about the book is the main character Milo. I picture him as slovenly and a pathetic husband/father. I sit and wonder what goes through the mind of a writer when mapping out a life for characters like this. Although this was my first book by Lipsyte, I would be interested to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/11/2014

    " The Ask had its moments, some interesting insights, but overall it was too self-consciously modern and tried too hard to be witty. These traits might have been overlookable if the plot had been more engrossing or the character more likable, but they weren't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 2/6/2014

    " rat-a-tat-tat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Gould | 2/2/2014

    " Relateabley depressing! "

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