He’s the acclaimed author of three novels and a book of poetry, but Adam Mansbach is taking the literary world by storm with his little irreverent book that could: “Go the F**k to Sleep.”
The book — which resembles a bedtime story and is geared not toward children, but to their frustrated parents — debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller list during the week of June 19. It climbed to No. 1 on Amazon before it was printed. And the sheer magnitude of its popularity on the Web moved up its publication date, October 2011, to June.
Samuel L. Jackson lent his voice to the Audible.com version of the book, Werner Herzog staged a reading at the New York Public Library and Judah Friedlander has done a dramatic reading, too.
Through lines like “The windows are dark in the town, child. The whales huddle down in the deep. I’ll read you one very last book if you swear you’ll go the f**k to sleep,” the book’s narrator pleads with his child to go to bed so that he and his wife can watch a movie.
The Forward’s Lucy Cohen Blatter spoke to Mansbach about his runaway — and controversial — hit.