New York: Open City Books, 2000. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition of American novelist and short story writer Sam Lipsyte’s debut book. Written in a minimalist style evocative of Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish (his former teacher), the collection comprises thirteen stories wryly depicting the tragicomic existences of loners and misfits. An overarching critique of American life, the book earned him praise by the likes of James Purdy, Edmund White, and Padgett Powell and the title of "the rising American star of satire." Published by indie small press Open City Books, the book-publishing arm of 90s downtown literary magazine Open City, where a number of these stories first appeared. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Fine. Item #6115