“Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, David Sedaris and many other great practitioners of dark American humor. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh.” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic

"Porter is a gleefully odd stylist. It's hard to think of a young writer who captures disassociation so well." —John Freeman for the Toronto Star

"The latest example of a literary sub-genre in which the petty foibles and mindless tedium of office life are served up for punchlines and mordant parody." The Washington Post

"Porter's humorous insight into the human condition is a highbrow/lowbrow tightrope walk between philosophical quandary and human desire. " —NPR Books

"The book toggles deftly between its narrator's bummer of a worldview and his riotous, biting snark, peppered throughout with dashes of surprisingly transcendent philosophies. Porter's is a smart, compact debut." Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“A terrific and moving new voice. If you haven't yet made your peace with the bleaker inevitabilities of life, Jason Porter's fearless debut will get you there, one howl of laughter at a time." —Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

“Like a well-stocked IKEA, Why Are You So Sad? has everything you need for your home and your heart. Jason Porter has written an astute, intelligent and hilarious book.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story




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"Why Are You So Sad? is wry, sardonic, very smart, and hilariously critical of the futility and general mediocrity of Life in America as we know it."  —Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum and Constance

"Existential despair has never been so funny. Why Are You So Sad is a great American comedy, perfectly tuned to this ridiculous age. Jason Porter is a Kafka with better jokes." —Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper

"Jason Porter and his debut novel join a community of stories balancing unconventional style with conventional human loneliness." —The Brooklyn Rail

"The only people who will be depressed are those who find themselves on the last page of Porter's novel and realize there's nothing more to read." — Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Why Are You So Sad? is a precisely calibrated comedy pitched halfway between a laugh and a sob. Beautifully written, philosophically unsound, and funny.”  —Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!

"Porter starts with a loaded question and takes aim at our compromises and deferred dreams, at our unquestioned normalcy—and he hits us where we live. But this is Camus crossed with Stanley Elkin, a brilliant book that’s as funny as it is wise." —Jeffrey Rotter,  author of The Unknown Knowns

“Why Are You So Sad: Why are you so funny, so wry, so true, so compelling? Jason Porter’s lovely book is perfect and wondrous, a masterfully crafted story of modernity. I ate it whole.” —Jennifer Traig, author of memoirs Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, and Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria