Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte

Fun Parts

Sam Lipsyte

Truly black tragicomedy can be found in these stories, which are not so much of born losers as of those fated not even to compete. A book as American as Apple Pie - a pie that's been flattened by Death on a Motorised Vehicle.

Extract

I wasn't quite obese. Those types were to be pitied, the ones we saw at the mall when my mother drove me over for new fat-boy pants. We'd circle the parking lot, the seams of my corduroys planed down or outright split, my hands cupped over the pressured bars of crotch flesh.

From 'Snacks'

Parallels
  • One More Thing by B J Novak
  • Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders