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The Ask - A Novel

Sam Lipsyte

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A searing, beautiful, and deeply comic novel by a young American master 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, Sam Lipsyte's The Ask is a burst of genius by an author who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Language:

English

Length:

8h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:21


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:43


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:48


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:32