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...
July 15, 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...
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...
February 09, 2017
Spanning a college wrestler's senior season, STEPHEN FLORIDA is unlike anything else. Eerie and unsettling, it can be hard to live in Stephen's head, but it is impossible to stop reading, or forget what you find there. As a character, Stephen is unpredictable, sympathetic, focused, frenzied, cold...
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...
February 06, 2017
This legit book is about a wrestler in college that is laser-focused on winning the Division IV national championship in Kenosha, Wisc. All he wants to do is win win win, and prove Hargraves wrong, oh and show how fucking crazy-homicidal Silas and Fink are, and pass his art requirement and buy Li...
April 05, 2017
An unsettling book that feels like an organ in your hands, with an insidious pulse beating through its pages, rippling between the covers, shooting up the spine that sutures the pages together. What starts out as one character's descent into winning at all costs morphs into a terrifying meditatio...
March 04, 2017
The inside of Stephen Florida's mind is an uncomfortable place to be. Yet the writing is sharp and complex, and it draws you along.
June 28, 2017
You could call this a wrestling novel or you could call it a manic-depressive novel, but you'd be closer to the truth with the latter. Stephen Florida (not his real name) is in a college of sorts and wrestling is about all that's left to his life. He has suicidal thoughts. He has an imaginary dem...