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The ask /

Sam Lipsyte.

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Main Author: Lipsyte, Sam
Vernacular: Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has βnot been developingγ: 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 donor₂a major βaskγ₂who, mysteriously, has requested Miloαs involvement. But it turns out that the ask is Miloαs sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the βgiveγ wonαt come cheap. Probing many themes₂ or, perhaps, anxieties₂including 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. --from publisher's website
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Topics: College administrators - Fiction. | College benefactors - Fiction. | Educational fund raising - Fiction.
Genres: Fiction. | Satire. | Satire. | Campus fiction. | Satirical literature. | Novels.
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