The Sugar Frosted Nutsack: A Novel

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From the bestselling and wildly imaginative novelist Mark Leyner, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals.

High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods ...

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Overview

From the bestselling and wildly imaginative novelist Mark Leyner, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals.

High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession.

Ritualistically recited by a cast of drug-addled bards, THE SUGAR FROSTED NUTSACK is Ike's epic story. A raucous tale of gods and men confronting lust, ambition, death, and the eternal verities, it is a wildly fun, wickedly fast gambol through the unmapped corridors of the imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
"Leyner throws out every rule...[and is] distinctive for articulating impossible combinations of reality that other people grasp in dreams."
The Village Voice
"Leyner's brilliantly discontinuous humor...begs to be read aloud to friends and strangers alike -- if only you could figure out where to stop."
Washington Post Book World
"Leyner is an original and immensely amusing writer as well as a provocative social critic."
New York Times Magazine
"Leyner is the poet laureate of information overload."
Sam Lipsyte
"The great Mark Leyner has returned. He's brought with him a visionary comedy, a nearly epic exegesis of a wonderfully ludicrous (and somehow completely believable) epic, and, most important, a pantheistic belief system we can all finally get behind. Big ass brilliance on every sun-kissed page."
Charles Yu
"This book did all kinds of things to my brain: squeezed it, shocked it, scrambled it and, finally, improved it. There is no one like Mark Leyner in fiction today, and with The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, he has found--or invented--a language with which to render the insanity and self-referentiality of our contemporary culture. A chaotic and vibrant novel whose form is perfect for a chaotic and vibrant universe."
John Cusack
"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is dizzyingly brilliant. Mark Leyner is a hyperkinetic shaman, who flies the banner of rum and candy and writes like a one-eyed feral bandit. His new book is supremely original, delirious and synapse-shattering."
Gary Shteyngart
"America should treasure its rare, true original voices and Mark Leyner is one of them. So treasure him already, you bastards!"
Todd Solondz
"A total delight. Like tweaking out on a super trippy crystal meth high, but without the crash of annihilating depression that normally follows. Not that I really know this for sure since I've never actually been high."
Jay McInerney
"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack proves once again that Mark Leyner is a mad genius, one of the smartest and funniest humans since Aristophanes. The gods must be crazy for allowing him to write their collective biography. I want a scrip for whatever drugs he's taking."
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"The great Mark Leyner has returned. He's brought with him a visionary comedy, a nearly epic exegesis of a wonderfully ludicrous (and somehow completely believable) epic, and, most important, a pantheistic belief system we can all finally get behind. Big ass brilliance on every sun-kissed page."—Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land and The Ask

"This book did all kinds of things to my brain: squeezed it, shocked it, scrambled it and, finally, improved it. There is no one like Mark Leyner in fiction today, and with The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, he has found—or invented—a language with which to render the insanity and self-referentiality of our contemporary culture. A chaotic and vibrant novel whose form is perfect for a chaotic and vibrant universe."—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is dizzyingly brilliant. Mark Leyner is a hyperkinetic shaman, who flies the banner of rum and candy and writes like a one-eyed feral bandit. His new book is supremely original, delirious and synapse-shattering."—John Cusack

"America should treasure its rare, true original voices and Mark Leyner is one of them. So treasure him already, you bastards!"—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"A total delight. Like tweaking out on a super trippy crystal meth high, but without the crash of annihilating depression that normally follows. Not that I really know this for sure since I've never actually been high."—Todd Solondz, director of Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Storytelling, and Palindromes

"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack proves once again that Mark Leyner is a mad genius, one of the smartest and funniest humans since Aristophanes. The gods must be crazy for allowing him to write their collective biography. I want a scrip for whatever drugs he's taking."—Jay McInerney

"A wild psychedelic digression of a novel that brings chaos to order in such a way that the story turns into pure mind. Reading it is like roller-skating backwards up a disintegrating spiral staircase composed of millions of fluttering small moths. Except that it's also like a thousand other things, none of which—I guarantee it—you've ever known or experienced before."—Walter Kirn

"Like all great books (The Bible, The Boy Scout's Handbook, The Joy of Cooking) The Sugar Frosted Nutsack thrums with a sense of inevitability, as if it has existed since the beginning of time. And it has. Read it out loud to your children, to your lovers, to strangers on street corners, and watch them be transformed."—Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb

"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is fantastic. It's volcanic and sexy and utterly unlike anything I've read before. It feels like the future in a dazzling way that has nothing to do with looking backward. It's been a long wait for a new novel from Mark Leyner, but worth it. Ten out of ten from me."—Douglas Coupland

"This stream-of-consciousness-laden gospel gradually reveals that the book itself is the eternal story of Ike Karton, a 48-year-old, anti-Semitic everyman from New Jersey.... There's nothing quite like Leyner on a roll. Anyone who's still with us by now should embrace this earnest exploitation of the myths of the new world, complete with celebrity cameos."—Kirkus

"Every sentence reads like a DMT-induced hallucination, adding up to an anarchic masterpiece of vulgarity, total pandemonium, and cartoonish free association; it may indeed be the craziest book ever written and adventurous readers in search of a seriously batty, one-of-a-kind work of unhinged imagination need look no further. Leyner and Ike Karton are heroes befitting our overloaded age, blurry yesterdays, and fungible times ahead."—Publishers Weekly

"[Leyner] is either a genius or a freak, and it may not matter which, because his books are compulsively readable, created by a literary mind that seems to have no precedent...He demonstrates how much is still possible for the novel when tradition is left behind, proving that fiction can be robust, provocative and staggeringly inventive, without for a moment forfeiting entertainment."—Ben Marcus, The New York Times Book Review

"To this day, you can bring me 10 contemporary novels with HILARIOUS! stamped all over their covers and I will show you 10 pages of Leyner that are funnier than all of them combined. [The Sugar Frosted Nutsack] is, like Leyner's previous novels, intermittently miraculous and often hilarious. It is also, unlike his previous novels, at times almost achingly sad."—Adam Sternbergh, The New York Times Sunday Magazine

Douglas Coupland
"The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is fantastic. It's volcanic and sexy and utterly unlike anything I've read before. It feels like the future in a dazzling way that has nothing to do with looking backward. It's been a long wait for a new novel from Mark Leyner, but worth it. Ten out of ten from me."
Nick Flynn
"Like all great books (The Bible, The Boy Scout's Handbook, The Joy of Cooking) The Sugar Frosted Nutsack thrums with a sense of inevitability, as if it has existed since the beginning of time. And it has. Read it out loud to your children, to your lovers, to strangers on street corners, and watch them be transformed."
Ben Marcus
"[Leyner] is either a genius or a freak, and it may not matter which, because his books are compulsively readable, created by a literary mind that seems to have no precedent...He demonstrates how much is still possible for the novel when tradition is left behind, proving that fiction can be robust, provocative and staggeringly inventive, without for a moment forfeiting entertainment."
Walter Kirn
"A wild psychedelic digression of a novel that brings chaos to order in such a way that the story turns into pure mind. Reading it is like roller-skating backwards up a disintegrating spiral staircase composed of millions of fluttering small moths. Except that it's also like a thousand other things, none of which--I guarantee it--you've ever known or experienced before."
Adam Sternbergh
"To this day, you can bring me 10 contemporary novels with HILARIOUS! stamped all over their covers and I will show you 10 pages of Leyner that are funnier than all of them combined. [The Sugar Frosted Nutsack] is, like Leyner's previous novels, intermittently miraculous and often hilarious. It is also, unlike his previous novels, at times almost achingly sad."
Kirkus Reviews
Whom the gods would destroy, they would not only make mad but also molest, punish and celebrate, all in a day's work.

The latest from Leyner (The Tetherballs of Bougainville, 2008, etc.) concerns itself with the lives, resentments, obsessions and childish rapprochements of the Gods. No, not That One, but a motley collection of drunken deities ensconced in the world's tallest buildings, tapping mortal beauties and mainlining a drug called Gravy. Leyner immediately launches into a long introduction punctuated with asides like "Why Do Gods Like Having Sex With Humans So Much?" This stream-of-consciousness-laden gospel gradually reveals that the book itself is the eternal story of Ike Karton, a 48-year-old, anti-Semitic everyman from New Jersey ("Ike always keeps it simple and sexy," echo the drug-addled bards who serve as the book's Greek chorus). The story has been passed down and modified throughout history in a celebrity-riddled oral tradition that falls somewhere on the narrative scale between The Odyssey and TMZ. Alternately called "Ike's Agony" and "T.G.I.F." (not what you think), the story relates Ike's travails and the mischief delivered upon him by the gods. The worst may well be El Cucho, largely called XOXO here, who is revealed to be "trying to ruin it by making it too confusing, by creating insoluble contradictions and conundrums, by essentially tying the shoelaces of the book together." You, the reader, can help preserve the narrative's integrity by chanting "Ike, Ike, Ike, Ike, Ike," in the manner of either Popeye laughing or Billy Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)." Yes, really. There's nothing quite like Leyner on a roll.

Anyone who's still with us by now should embrace this earnest exploitation of the myths of the new world, complete with celebrity cameos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316018975
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 627,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Leyner is the author of the novels My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Et Tu, Babe and The Tetherballs of Bougainville. His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller, Why Do Men Have Nipples? He cowrote the movie War, Inc. and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    wow!

    Epic and high (so VERY high) in ambition, this is not to be missed if you liked The Instructions by Adam Levin or any other stram of conciousness, absurdist, apocalyptic, poetic prose.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Preorder? Can't wait that long.

    What!? A new novel from Mark Leyner? The publisher copy seems to sit right where he left off with Et Tu Babe & Wiretap.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    The first thing we all must understand when we are writing or re

    The first thing we all must understand when we are writing or reading a review of Mark Leyner’s The Sugar Frosted Nut Sack (TSFN), is that TSFN incorporates everything pertaining to it into itself. This is to say that the very review that I am writing now is becoming a part of the epic as I am writing it. Even the thoughts going through your mind right now as you are reading this review (But what is TSFN about? Is it any good? Is it just a bunch of scatological silliness and repetition?  etc… ) is being incorporated into TSFN and they will be an indispensible part of the canonical work from this moment forward. 
    Secondly, we must consider the idea that Mark Leyner himself is both the hero Ike Karton and the antagonist XOXO (if XOXO really can be said to be the epic’s antagonist). Leyner is clearly a manifestation of Ike.  Keep in mind, Ike does not “symbolically” represent Leyner, he is his literal representative in the realm of the heroic. While simultaneously, Leyner is clearly a manifestation of XOXO, God of Dementia, Implanted Thoughts and Alcoholic Blackouts. Leyner has revealed TSFN to us in order to inscribe his inscrutable, maddening, ingenious imagination into each of our brains with a sharp periodontal tool while he plies our souls with drugged sherbet.  I for one will never be the same, and the Mister Softee jingle will be looping over and over in my head for all eternity. 
    Thirdly, it is very difficult to write a review of TSFN without using profanity that will cause Amazon to not post my review. The inane, scatological language that is almost inescapable in TSFN thanks to XOXO is deemed inappropriate by Amazon. Can Amazon’s attempt to censor my review be their way of chanting Ike Ike Ike Ike Ike Ike and preserve the integrity of the epic?  Are Amazon themselves participating in the construction of TSFN in this way?
    Finally, there is no getting around the fact that TSFN, and Leyner’s writing more generally, is not for everyone. It is insufficient to simply describe it as “bizarre” or “seizure inducing” or “legitimately demented” or “profound” or “ingenious.” Leyner and TSFN defy such simplistic reductionism, and like XOXO, even meaning itself.  Many people do not wish to feel as if the book that they are reading might actually drive them insane and they are welcome to their opinion; however, I have no problem saying that Mark Leyner is my favorite writer on planet earth and TSFN is his giggle fit inducing, brain-melting masterpiece.  

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    "Artisanal bull****..." - TSFN pg199

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    I had to do a double-take when I saw this cover on Amazon, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack...? What in the world is that about??? There were quite a few plot scenarios going through my head in that moment, but not one of them came close to the asinine truth. I can find something good to say about every book I read, but this... novel... threw me for a loop. I had to force myself to get past chapter one, the language and ridiculous names/concepts insulting. I understood that there were Gods and Goddesses, and that they all had a few "screws loose", but other than that, I couldn't figure out what in the world was actually happening. The characters seemed to do things for no reason in particular, and without reason there was only chaos - a collection of nonsensical phrases leading nowhere. I guess the only redeemable qualities I could find were Mark Leyner's word choices and sentence formats, but even they could not make me overlook the obvious flaws. I felt like I was trying to read as fast as humanly possible in order to finish, the inane characters and dialogue far from attention-worthy. I usually prefer ideas that are out-of-the box, but the highly repetitive and annoying dialogue left me drowning and confused in a sea of sugar frosted frivolity. Enjoyed the handful of laughs, but overall, I felt that the book was, "artisanal bull[****] of the highest order," (TSFN p.199). I can not honestly recommend this as suitable reading material for any age...

    Rating: Toe-Tag (1/5)

    *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Don't bother!

    Dumb. I'm spry I wasted my money on this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Thank god

    Mark leyner is the best writer we have

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