“Terse and intense and new…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


 

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Praise

“Terse and intense and new and sort of fucked up but knowingly so. I loved it.”
 —TOMMY ORANGE, author of THERE THERE
“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
The Odyssey, the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Hamlet, Ulysses, Infinite JestFuccboi.”
 —GIANCARLO DITRAPANO
“A completely unique voice . . . sounds like no one I know.”—SCOTT MCCLANAHAN, author of THE SARAH BOOK
“A startling, scabrous, big swaggy flex of a debut…a magnetic voice.”—Hermione Hoby, BOOKFORUM
“Sean Thor Conroe's blistering debut, Fuccboi, asks 2022's quintessential question: just how much fuckery is too much fuckery? Following the titular, freewheeling fuccboi around Philly, one year into Trump's presidency, the novel examines modern manhood, the gig economy and the hypocrisy of political promises.”—VICE
“Praised by ballsy writers like Tommy Orange and Nico Walker, Fuccboi is a debut coming-of-age (but probably not in the traditional sense!) novel about hypocrisy and self-awareness.”—NYLON, January’s Must Reads
“Thrilling in its urgent audacity.”—Israel Daramola, VULTURE, Most Anticipated Books of 2022
“Conroe’s writing percolates with savage humor and wry observations on human complexity…Conroe works with a really rare audacity and slyness to ask – how much fuckery is too much fuckery?”
 —ANOTHER MAGAZINE, Most Anticipated Books of 2022
“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
“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
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