Five years ago, Chad Kultgen’s first novel, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN MALE, was launched to a storm of controversy-fueled in part by a viral video campaign that garnered international media attention. To the prim and prudish, the novel-with its callous yet charismatically womanizing narrator-was an outrage. To a surprisingly broad array of readers, however, AAM became a sensation-its unnamed protagonist viewed by some as a swaggering hero, by others as a misogynistic sociopath . . . and by many as one of the most hair-raisingly honest depictions of male-female relations ever published.
In the years since, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN MALE has become a cult classic and a backlist staple, embraced by both fans of the (dubious) fratire/lad lit category and more sensitive readers-including many women-who recognize the unflinching, uncomfortable truth behind Kultgen’s satirical take on the world.
Now, five years (and innumerable outrages) later, Kultgen’s narrator is back. He still revels in objectifying women, killing time with video games, and stealing any remaining idle moments to pleasure himself. Now, however, the Average American Male must face life as a married man-an existence that resembles, in surprising ways, everything his readers will remember from AAM.
From birthday sex to interns to parenting, Kultgen’s uproarious narrator looks upon the institution of marriage with the same deadpan smirk he has brought to the rest of his sex-addled, perennially disaffected life. As blithely outrageous as its precursor, The Average American Marriage takes satire to new depths of cockeyed depravity-while adding a new chapter to Kultgen’s unique take on the never-ending battle of the sexes.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 02 / 2013
- 203 x 135mm