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Home Land

Home Land

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by Sam Lipsyte

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What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and told...the truth! Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls "original, devious, and very funny" and of whose first novel Chuck Palahniuk wrote, "I laughed out loud---and I never laugh out loud."

The Eastern Valley High School

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Home Land: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi is an interview place? Interesting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
uniquely written with a distinct, hilarious voice. Everyone that i've recommended this book to as sought me out to thank me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after it recieved a great review from Esquire magazine. Read it front to cover on a round trip flight. Thought the book was outstanding. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be as funny and biting a book as an American writer has ever written, but it's also tender, sweet, and deeply strange. If in thirty years Sam Lipsyte isn't generally recognized as king of all American literature there's something wrong with us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More marijuana moonbeams from reefer-brained Lipsyte (The Subject Steve, 2001, etc.). While not quite as densely smacked as William S. Burroughs's druggy vaudeville Naked Lunch, this doesn't fall all that short. Many who enter will soon find themselves tripping over phrases and sentences so dishearteningly opaque that deconstructing the narrator's glancing shots at originality will become too tiring to bear. The story, as it plods by, tells of small-town New Jerseyite Lewis Miner while he considers what really happened to his fellow alums from Eastern Valley High School, as opposed to what the Catamount Notes alumni journal claims. Going by Lewis, they're all losers, even those who've gone on to professional accomplishment or millions. Lewis himself is the biggest loser of all: he hasn't a sober cell in his body and admits to masturbating obsessively. The novel works toward the 'Togethering,' a kind of alumni dance that becomes a marathon of loudmouthing, capped by a dreadful speech Lewis addresses to the assembled. Excerpt: 'I should go back to school and learn the brain. I know, I couldn't even get through Mrs. Strobe's Bio II, but still, I bet they have new machines now, stud-finders for the walls of that gooey maze. As a brain man I'd ride from town to town, bury all the bad stuff . . . .' Spacey chuckles.