Stephen Florida (Hardback)
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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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`Powerful and magnetic' Guardian

`Mind blowing' Roxane Gay

`Explosive' Hanya Yanagihara

`Funny and disturbing' Lauren Groff

Meet Stephen Florida: college student, amateur wrestler, visionary, outsider.

Entering senior year, his sights are set on the championships. Every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness, yet also a step further from reality. Profane, manic and tipping into the uncanny, this is Florida's chronicle of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

With echoes of The Art of Fielding and the film Foxcatcher, Gabe Habash's daring, revelatory debut journeys into the mind of a young man teetering between control and rage, grief and elation, genius and insanity.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008265090
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Powerful and magnetic, with a quality that suggests it has been worked over to strip it bare of ornamentation but still leave it with a rare beauty' Guardian

`Mind blowing' Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

`A coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity ... This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study' Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

`Such a funny and disturbing and excellent book' Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

`Excellent ... Gabe Habash takes us deep inside the disordered mind of a college wrestler. Welcome to the hall of fame of unreliable narrators' BuzzFeed

`An unforgettable addition to the canon of great literary eccentrics. At once a chronicle of obsession, a philosophical treatise, and a deeply affecting love story, this singular novel is perhaps most profoundly an anatomy of American loneliness. Gabe Habash is a writer of powerful gifts, and this is a wonderful book' Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

`Utterly engrossing' Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

`Habash has created a fascinating protagonist in Stephen, a hard-driven athlete with a convincingly thoughtful mind ... Just when you think you've got [him] pegged, he surprises you' The New York Times Book Review

`Dizzyingly good' Huffington Post

`Habash writes about the raw physicality of wrestling better than anybody this side of John Irving... A lively, occasionally harrowing journey into obsession' Kirkus

`Wickedly good ... exquisite ... [Stephen Florida] is the taught, erratic, boundless contradiction of what it means to be alive' Los Angeles Review of Books

`One of the most unforgettable characters in recent American fiction ... starkly beautiful and moving ... one of the best novels of the year' NPR

`Spellbinding' Toronto Star

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Linda Hepworth

“What a unique, authentic voice - an extraordinary debut novel. ”


At the beginning of this book the reader is told "My mother had two placentas, and I was living off both of them." The fact that Stephen Florida’s twin brother died in the womb offers the first intimation... More

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12th February 2018
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