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Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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"Mr. Sachs's debut [of] brief comic sketches . . . [is] a darkly glittering gem."
—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"One of the funniest books of the year."
"Inherited Disorders is just plain funny . . . Sachs has a finely tuned sense of humor and an economical writing style that gives each story plenty of punch."
—Michael Patrick Brady, Boston Globe
" . . . stellar debut collection . . . Sachs proves himself a perceptive observer of human nature and a distinctly promising talent."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Adam Ehrlich Sachs's debut marks the arrival of a major humorist. If Kafka and Louis CK were to join forces, they might produce something like Inherited Disorders: absurd, wise, and extremely funny."
—Simon Rich, author of Spoiled Brats and creator of Man Seeking Woman
"Don't miss out on this one . . . poignant and absurd . . . with an exceedingly light touch that floats, skips, and hops into a punch line."
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—Adam Kirsch, Tablet
“In Inherited Disorders, Sachs displays a rare kind of genius: storytelling that’s humorous and absurdist, but also slyly compassionate and layered. There’s much wisdom about father-son relationships to accompany the intricate and sometimes laugh-out-loud literary fireworks. And in the process, Sachs captures the true richness and strangeness of the world—something of a classic in the making and a favorite read of the past few years.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation
"Endlessly sharp and engaging from start to finish."
—Mary Vensel White, The Rumpus
About the Author
Adam Ehrlich Sachs studied atmospheric science at Harvard, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1 and McSweeney's, among other places. He lives with his wife in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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This book is fantastic, so long as you are comfortable with the flash fiction format and aren't looking for a collection of short stories or a full-length novel. Sachs is easily one of the most creative and detailed writers to come around in a long time, and I look forward to whatever he does next.
This is one of those books that's fun to read. With stories focusing on fathers and legacies this is a delightfully odd and yet thought provoking collection to read. It's the kind of book I'm now thinking about sending my own dad.
I think the more stories I read the higher my expectations got, but there is a certain charm and dark humor and tragedy that runs through the series. It's a collection that will make you laugh and think or at least smile about how clever some of the stories are.
Definitely an intriguing read that sums up so much about life.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)