[A] sour and scintillating new collection of short stories... The dialogue constantly sparkles and unsettles, with strange seismic shifts going on beneath the surface of the prose. You won't read finer sentences this year
Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
An idiosyncratic, hyperactively rendered collection where words and ideas collide to dazzling effect... dementedly imaginative... Sharp and deeply, blackly funny
Sublime mayhem! Lipsyte expertly works the line between hilarity and pathos... Revelation, wisdom, inner peace - they come hard in Lipsyte's world, if they come at all, which doesn't keep these stories from being a hoot... He delivers plenty of funk, spunk and fizz
Ben Fountain, New York Times
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‘A pure joy to read’ Guardian
‘…a dastardly hysterical take on modern day rhetoric and the eternal ridiculousness of it all. More than a ‘must read,’ Hark is a ‘must believe!” Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout
‘Madcap and full of love, laughter and unexpected beauty (not to mention the world’s greatest bone marrow smuggling scheme), if Hark doesn’t make you stalk Sam Lipsyte and try to break up his marriage, then you are not human.’ Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
‘The world needed more Sam Lipsyte and Lipsyte, knowing this, perhaps, has given us Hark. It’s a stellar work by a great satirist, an uncanny observer, a keen stylist, a truly fine and thrilling writer.’ Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers
In an America convulsed by political upheaval, cultural discord, environmental collapse and spiritual confusion, many folks are searching for peace, salvation, and – perhaps most immediately – just a little damn focus.
Enter Hark Morner, an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery” – a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga, and, well, archery – is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status. It’s a role he never asked for, and one he is woefully underprepared to take on. But his inner-circle of modern pilgrims have other plans, as do some suddenly powerful fringe players, including a renegade Ivy League ethicist, a gentle Swedish kidnapper, a crossbow-hunting veteran of jungle drug wars, a social media tycoon with an empire on the skids, and a mysteriously influential (but undeniably slimy) catfish.
In this social satire of the highest order, Sam Lipsyte, author of the bestselling novel The Ask and master of the form, reaches new peaks of daring in a novel that revels in contemporary absurdity and the wild poetry of everyday language while exploring the emotional truths of his characters – men, women and children seeking meaning and dignity in a chaotic, ridiculous and often dangerous world.