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Oksana, behave! / Maria Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova, Maria, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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  • ISBN: 9780525511878
  • ISBN: 0525511873
  • Physical Description: 259 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2019]

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Summary, etc.: When Oksana's family begins their new American life in Florida after emigrating from Ukraine, her physicist father delivers pizza at night to make ends meet, her depressed mother sits home all day worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets when she walks Oksana to school, not realizing that the street they're walking down is known as Prostitute Street. Oksana just wants to have friends and lead a normal life--and though she constantly tries to do the right thing, she keeps getting herself in trouble.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1
    *Starred Review* Oksana Konnikova is only seven when she moves from Kiev with her parents and flamboyant grandmother to Gainsville, Florida, in the early 1990s. A quirky child with an unfortunate mullet and a propensity for standing up to bullies, Oksana is constantly stepping out of line, committing transgressions such as calling 911 to (falsely) claim her grandmother is trying to kill her and attempting to blackmail her high-school principal in order to influence a school election, breaking up a marriage in the process. The death of her father while Oksana is in high school brings her deep-seated fear of loss to the forefront, which seeps into the poetry she writes. College doesn't prove any easier to navigate for Oksana when she falls hard for a player who will sleep with just about any girl but her. Oksana gets older and perhaps wiser, but her choices don't necessarily improve. And yet despite this, she is an utterly compelling, deeply flawed, and completely endearing character. "I was nobody's first choice, the Ross Perot of real life," she laments in high school. Kuznetsova has created a heroine for the ages in her sparkling, piercingly insightful debut. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Oksana, Behave! is her first novel. Her fiction has appeared in the The Southern Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Mississippi Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Threepenny Review, and other publications. She lives in Iowa City with her family.

Subject: Russian Americans > Fiction.
Russian Americans.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age.

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