Fuccboi: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“Terse and intense and new and sort of fucked up but knowingly so. I loved it.” —Tommy Orange, author of There There

A fearless and savagely funny examination of masculinity under late capitalism from an electrifying new voice.

Set in Philly one year into Trump’s presidency, Sean Thor Conroe’s audacious, freewheeling debut follows our eponymous fuccboi, Sean, as he attempts to live meaningfully in a world that doesn’t seem to need him. Reconciling past, failed selves—cross-country walker, SoundCloud rapper, weed farmer—he now finds himself back in his college city, trying to write, doing stimulant-fueled bike deliveries to eat. Unable to accept that his ex has dropped him, yet still engaged in all the same fuckery—being coy and spineless, dodging decisions, maintaining a rotation of baes—that led to her leaving in the first place. But now Sean has begun to wonder, how sustainable is this mode? How much fuckery is too much fuckery?

Written in a riotous, utterly original idiom, and slyly undercutting both the hypocrisy of our era and that of Sean himself, Fuccboi is an unvarnished, playful, and searching examination of what it means to be a man.

“Got under my skin in the way the best writing can.” —Sheila Heti

“Sean Conroe isn't one of the writers there's a hundred of. He writes what's his own, his own way.” —Nico Walker, author of Cherry


About the Author

Sean Thor Conroe was born Kamura Shō in Tokyo in 1991. He received his BA from Swarthmore College, and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in New York Tyrant, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, and Volume 1 Brooklyn. He has guest edited New York Tyrant Magazine and is the host of the book podcast 1storypod. He lives in Harlem.

Praise For…

“Terse and intense and new and sort of fucked up but knowingly so. I loved it.”

“Got under my skin in the way the best writing can.”—SHEILA HETI

“Blazes a sonic trail through the tangles of experience. A contemporary künstleroman—a coming of age of an artist. So much about the struggle to find a nourishing and communally beneficial but still honest and not self-suppressing way to be a man.”—SAM LIPSYTE, author of HARK

“A completely unique voice . . . sounds like no one I know.”—SCOTT MCCLANAHAN, author of THE SARAH BOOK

“Conroe delivers a striking and hyper-stylized debut about a young male writer, also named Sean Thor Conroe, whose lexicon reflects Drake lyrics and the scrolls of Reddit and Twitter. . . Along the way, Sean demonstrates a passion for Nietzsche, Bolaño, and Wittgenstein. . . An undeniably rich mix of ingredients for autofiction.”—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

The Odyssey, the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Hamlet, Ulysses, Infinite JestFuccboi.”

“A book to argue and laugh with; be appalled and impressed by. Fuccboi wrestles with big questions about masculinity and modernity, but best of all are its intimate and domestic moments: like Knausgaård, Conroe has a knack for making the mundane enthralling.”—CHRIS POWER, author of MOTHERS and A LONELY MAN

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316394819
ISBN-10: 0316394815
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English