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‘Got under my skin in the way the best writing can’ SHEILA HETI

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.

‘Terse and intense and new and sort of fucked up but knowingly so. I loved it’ TOMMY ORANGE, author of THERE THERE

‘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

‘Like Knausgaard, Conroe has a knack for making the mundane enthralling’ CHRIS POWER, author of A LONELY MAN


Got under my skin in the way the best writing can
Sheila Heti, author of MOTHERHOOD
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
A completely unique voice . . . sounds like no one I know
Scott McClanahan, author of THE SARAH BOOK
Sean Conroe isn't one of the writers there's a hundred of. We won't tell somebody 'Sean Conroe' when we meant to say the name of another writer we got confused with Sean Conroe. He writes what's his own, his own way
Nico Walker, author of CHERRY
Terse and intense and new and sort of fucked up but knowingly so. I loved it
Tommy Orange, author of THERE THERE
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 Knausgaard, Conroe has a knack for making the mundane enthralling
Chris Power, author of A LONELY MAN
A blistering debut
i-D magazine
a debut coming-of-age (but probably not in the traditional sense!) novel about hypocrisy and self-awareness
Nylon magazine
Conroe's writing percolates with savage humour and wry observations on human complexity . . . Conroe works with a really rare audacity and slyness
Anna Cafolla, AnOther Magazine