Sam is the author of Venus Drive, a collection of short stories, and The Subject Steve, a novel.
His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Quarterly.
He was born in 1968, and got married in 2003.
Genres: Literary Fiction
Sam Lipsyte recommends
"Michael Kimball never ceases to astonish. He is a hero of contemporary fiction."
"...scathing, gripping and profound, this book is a meditation and a provocation..."
Grab On to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way (2006)
"As brave and funny a debut as I've read in a long time."
Buffalo Lockjaw (2009)
"Buffalo Lockjaw, like its charming, bitter screw-up of a narrator, reaches finally for larger meaning, and succeeds. . . . A brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love."
"There is nothing quite like the controlled burn of Eugene Marten's prose."
Here Comes Another Lesson (2010)
"The main lesson of this book is that there are still fiction writers out there brave enough to take serious risks. For O'Connor, the risks pay off lavishly. Here is a collection of great feeling, range, and power."
Baby & Other Stories (2010)
"These stories bleed, yes, but that's because they brawl. The real houswives of Bomerworld break themselves and break your heart and yet never completely lose their soulful dignity."
Middle Men (2013)
"Jim Gavin's stories are wise and funny and not at all afraid of the dark, or the light. Middle Men is a very powerful debut."
Dept. of Speculation (2014)
"Gorgeous, funny, a profound and profoundly moving work of art. Jenny Offill is a master of form and feeling, and she gets life on the page in new, startling ways."
All Back Full (2017)
"[Lopez'f fiction] bears genetic traces of Beckett and Stein, but [his]powerful cadences and bleak, joyful wit are all his own."
Spaceman of Bohemia (2017)
"Spaceman of Bohemia represents the fiery, funny launch of an exciting new voice. Jaroslav Kalfar, like a good literary astronaut, finds levity in gravity, and vice versa."
Wait Till You See Me Dance (2017)
Deb Olin Unferth
"Deb Olin Unferth is one of the most daring and entertaining writers in America today."
A Little More Human (2017)
"Listen, skip the blurbs and just buy the damn book. Fiona Maazel is one of the funniest and finest we've got."
"Perennials is a sharp, crushingly observant, and empathetic debut, full of wit and tragedy, and good for all seasons."
Darker with the Lights on (2017)
"Here are stories to read again and again. Here is language to live in. David Hayden is a serious force."
The Municipalists (2019)
"A thinking person's comic thriller, The Municipalists is a joy ride and a meditation both. Seth Fried is the consummate urban planner of a novelist, providing us with exciting thoroughfares of action as well as quiet gardens of feeling. And the story stars, among other characters, a drunk and vain (but ultimately loveable) computer. What else could a fiction dweller ask for? A wonderful debut novel."
Early Work (2019)
"What a debut! Early Work is one of the wittiest, wisest (sometimes silliest, in the best sense), and bravest novels about wrestling with the early stages of life and love, of creative and destructive urges, I’ve read in a while. The angst of the young and reasonably comfortable isn’t always pretty, but Andrew Martin possesses the prose magic to make it hilarious, illuminating, moving."
Pizza Girl (2020)
Jean Kyoung Frazier
"Pizza Girl is a funny and moving debut, full of wry observation and deep humanity. Jean Kyoung Frazier’s incredibly winning protagonist delivers laughter and grief with all the toppings. A wonderful novel from a new writer with talent and heart."
"From the already legendary opening story, Fraternity only deepens on every front: humor, compassion, syntactical intensity, observational brilliance, and satirical vision. Benjamin Nugent has bided his time, and the wait was worth it. This moving, daring and frequently astonishing debut will be remembered - and emulated - for many years to come."
Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit (2021)
"With Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit, Mark Leyner -- comic virtuoso, avant-garde literary tummler, trope-exploder extraordinaire -- has outdone himself. After more than three decades, he remains the funniest and bravest of writers, not to mention the one least interested in stale conventions of fiction. We are lucky to have Leyner. Without his books to read, I probably would have enucleated my eyes with a melon-baller a long time ago."
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