Stephen Florida (Hardcover)

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Stephen Florida is that weird guy from high school you always wondered what happened to. A wrestler focused on winning the Division IV NCAA Championship in the 133 weight class, he is single-minded to the point of obsession, veering into insanity. Then he meets Mary Beth, a hardworking student in his drawing class who has vowed to flee tiny Oregsburg College and North Dakota forever as soon as she gets the chance. Read this book to inhabit the mind of a young man on the edge, witness a life on the verge of unraveling, and observe a friendship that holds the promise of love. Stephen Florida is “a motherf****** astronaut”—watch him fly. -Katie

— From Summer Booknotes 2017

June 2017 Indie Next List

“Spanning a college wrestler's senior season, Stephen Florida is eerie, unsettling, and unlike anything else. It can be hard to live in Stephen's head, but it is impossible to stop reading or to forget what you find there. Stephen is unpredictable, sympathetic, focused, frenzied, cold, and tender. He is hard to love, yet I love him. We are lucky to have a new novel like this: something you haven't seen before, that makes you remember what good fiction is capable of.”
— Tyler Goodson (E), Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA


"In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. 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

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York.

About the Author

Gabe Habash: Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894647
ISBN-10: 1566894646
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English