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The Ask

Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has "not been developing": after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor'a major "ask"'who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement. But it turns out that the ask is Milo's sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the "give" won't come cheap. Probing many themes' or, perhaps, anxieties'including work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, The Ask is a burst of genius by a young American master who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones.

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  • "Milo Burke - husband, father, and development officer at a third-tier university in New York - has just joined the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo receives a second chance from his former boss: he must reel in a potential donor - a major "ask"--Who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement."
  • "Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has "not been developing": after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is offered one last chance by his former employer: he must reel in a potential donor'a major "ask"'who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement. But it turns out that the ask is Milo's sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the "give" won't come cheap. Probing many themes' or, perhaps, anxieties'including work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, The Ask is a burst of genius by a young American master who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones."@en
  • "Milo Burke - husband to a 'touched-out' wife, father to a three-year-old son, fund-raising officer at a third-tier university - has just joined the swelling ranks of the unemployed. As he grasps after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is contacted by Purdy Stuart, a wealthy, one-time university friend with a sinister agenda. It is the start of a hilarious and harrowing odyssey through several degrees of peculiarly 21st-century hell- a journey recorded by Milo with the caustic eloquence that is his only means of defence. The Ask is the best book yet from one of America's finest comic."@en
  • "Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has 'not been developing', and finds himself among the newly unemployed. He is offered one last chance: he must reel in a potential donor - a major 'ask' - who turns out to be Milo's sinister college classmate Purdy Stuart. And the 'give' won't come cheap!"
  • "After he loses his job as a development officer at a university, family man Milo Burke is given a chance to regain his position, but only if he can reel in a potential donor, one who has requested his involvement and turns out to be his sinister college classmate."
  • "After he loses his job as a development officer at a university, family man Milo Burke is given a chance to regain his position, but only if he can reel in a potential donor, one who has requested his involvement and turns out to be his sinister college classmate."@en

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  • "Electronic books."
  • "Electronic books."@en
  • "Satire"@en
  • "Satire"
  • "Satire."@en
  • "Satire."
  • "Humorous fiction."
  • "Fiction"
  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Fiction."

http://schema.org/name

  • "The ask"
  • "Ask."
  • "The Ask"@en
  • "The ask a novel /"@en
  • "The ask /"
  • "The ask /"@en