David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.
If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.
With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.
This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
Little, Brown and Company; May 2018
- ISBN: 9780316392358
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Calypso
- Author: David Sedaris
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
In The Press
"The king of the humorous essay returns with abrand-new collection -- his first in five years. Sedaris fans will find plentyof familiar delights: His misanthropic charms and wry wit are as delightful asever, even if some of the subject matter has changed. From his new vacationhome on the coast of North Carolina, he writes about the concerns of health andaging, treating us to a story about the persnickety doctor who refused to lethim keep a noncancerous tumor that he'd planned to feed to a snapping turtleonce removed. We can only assume that the audiobook version of Calypso will bethe perfect travel companion during road trips and getaways this spring andbeyond."—Maris Kreizman, New York Magazine
About The Author
David Sedaris is the author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.