Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

Into the Wild

Stephen Florida Read Online Free - “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.

Title : Stephen Florida
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ISBN : 1566894646
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Adam rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

Barring a miracle, this is going to be my favorite book of the year - a totally unique wildchild of a novel tracking the senior year of a 133 pound division IV wrestler in North Dakota. We're firmly in Stephen's head the whole way, and Habash has created a unique voice here, an amalgam of obsessi...

Roxane rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2017

What a strange, strange, utterly intriguing novel. The prose style is so staccato, so relentless in its commitment to be what it is. This is not a book that is going to cater to the reader or to anyone's expectations of what a novel should be, how a protagonist should be, how a story should read....

LeAnne rated it ★★★☆☆

December 09, 2017

Give me a disturbed narrator, and I'm generally in love from the get go. In that light, Steven Forster - a collegiate wrestler accidentally dubbed with the wrong name by an aging, nearsighted school registrar - should have made my heart throb. Mistakes bubble in and out of his story. He starts hi...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2017

After reading several lackluster books recently about college-age protagonists meandering through life, I've come to the conclusion that I only really enjoy these kinds of stories when the characters have a truly distinct voice. In walks Stephen Florida. This book is absolutely mesmerizing and unl...

jo rated it ★★★★★

January 27, 2018

this left me breathless. more when i recover. *** (recovered) *** the premise of this book is entirely irrelevant to the what this book is like, or what it does. in fact, i have no idea what this book does or what is about (though i'll try to say something about this in a minute) but here is the p...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

December 12, 2017

"I have reached many limits, but I have not reached my limit in wrestling. I know that for certain." Stephen Florida is a college wrestler with one goal - to win the championship at the 133 lb weight classification in his senior year. He has been working towards this goal and will not let anything...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★☆

October 23, 2017

Coarse, poetic, and bleak, Stephen Florida is a novel about obsession and loneliness. Stephen Florida, a senior on a wrestling scholarship at a small private college in North Dakota, has one remaining raison d'être: to win the Division IV NCAA championship in his weight class (133). His singlemin...

Trudie rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

I recently came across this quote about evaluating books and I think I will use it as my guide henceforth For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don’t like it; I can see this is good, and, though at present I don’t l...

Drew rated it ★★★★★

December 25, 2017

5+ Holy shit, this book. This is one of the most intense things I've read in a long, long while. Should go on a shelf with AMERICAN PSYCHO and the Patrick Melrose novels as a close-close-close look inside the head of someone driven and disturbed. The book grips you like a headlock and doesn't let...

Shawn rated it ★★★★★

July 10, 2017

The eponymous hero of Gabe Habash’s debut novel is a young, sinewy, macho stud at a North Dakota college on a wrestling scholarship, hellbent on attaining a championship title. If you’re rolling your eyes already, you stop it right now. My hatred of all things sports-related is unrivalled, and I...

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