Read Stephen Florida 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.
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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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
August 12, 2017
One of those books I casually opened to get a taste of and was pulled in by the unusual narrator. And then what was merely unusual (maybe even quirky) became crazier and crazier as it became evident that Mr. Florida (not his real name) is unstable or, at best, delusional. The middle part, where t...
December 18, 2017
I predict this book will gain a strong cult following. It’s Fight Club meets Crime and Punishment meets Donnie Darko.
This book, in my to-read status since the summer, was collateral damage from my Shogun-inflicted slump. Man, did it get the short end of the stick. Because this book is extraordina...
December 25, 2017
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...