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The Ask

(2010)
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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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Funny, smart and mean." - David Nicholls

"Oh, how I laughed at this book." - David Sedaris


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May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ask (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 1-4104-2593-2 / 978-1-4104-2593-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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March 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 0-374-29891-2 / 978-0-374-29891-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 0-312-68063-5 / 978-0-312-68063-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ask
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 1-906964-57-2 / 978-1-906964-57-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
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2011 : Paperback
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
Publisher: Picador USA
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ask
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 1-906964-40-8 / 978-1-906964-40-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
ISBN: 1-4272-5221-1 / 978-1-4272-5221-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ask
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
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February 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ask: A Novel
Author(s): Sam Lipsyte
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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