About the Author
Adam Ehrlich Sachs studied atmospheric science at Harvard,
where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. His fiction has
appeared in The New Yorker, n+1 and
McSweeney's, among other places. He lives with his wife in
One of Buzzfeed's Incredible New Books You Need to Read This
"Adam Ehrlich Sachs's debut marks the arrival of a major humorist.
If Kafka and Louis CK were to join forces, they might produce
something like Inherited Disorders absurd, wise, and
--Simon Rich, author of Spoiled Brats and creator of
Man Seeking Woman
"Inherited Disorders is just plain funny . . . Sachs has a
finely tuned sense of humor and an economical writing style that
gives each story plenty of punch."
--Michael Patrick Brady, Boston Globe
--Adam Kirsch, Tablet
"In Inherited Disorders
, Sachs displays a rare kind of
genius: storytelling that's humorous and absurdist, but also slyly
compassionate and layered. There's much wisdom about father-son
relationships to accompany the intricate and sometimes
laugh-out-loud literary fireworks. And in the process, Sachs
captures the true richness and strangeness of the world--something
of a classic in the making and a favorite read of the past few
--Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation
"Sachs's caustic and absurdist collection Inherited
is a[n] assured debut."
--Karan Mahajan, Book Forum
"Darkly funny . . . The mania that pushes [Sachs's] stories to
their logical extremes retains a uniquely puckish, joyful
irreverence. . . Inherited Disorders
makes a certain kind of
anxiety so comically debilitating that the full extent of its
uselessness is revealed."
--Miranda Popkey, The Awl
-- Illana Masad, Jewish Current
"Real literary talent."
--Matthew Snider, Ploughshares
"In 117 humorous, ironic [and] inventive short stories, Adam
Ehrlich Sachs shows us . . . the struggle of sons to become their
--Allison Morer, GoodMenProject.com
"Mr. Sachs's debut [of] brief comic sketches . . . [is] a darkly
--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"One of the funniest books of the year."
" . . . stellar debut collection . . . Sachs proves himself a
perceptive observer of human nature and a distinctly promising
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Don't miss out on this one . . . poignant and absurd . . . with an
exceedingly light touch that floats, skips, and hops into a punch
--Matthew Zeitlin, Buzzfeed
"Endlessly sharp and engaging from start to finish."
--Mary Vensel White, The Rumpus
"Hilarious and quirky yet poignant, Inherited Disorders
one of the most original--and entertaining--books of the season."
-- Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed
"Ingenious, structurally elegant inheritance puzzles."
-- Max Nelson, The New Republic