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  • ISBN: 9781984855121
  • ISBN: 1984855123
  • Physical Description: 317 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

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"It's March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next few months new bonds of friendship and love will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge among this unlikely cast of characters, each richly drawn and achingly human: a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a young flame-thrower of an essayist, originally from the Carolinas; and a movie star, The Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #2
    *Starred Review* In Shteyngart's (Lake Success, 2018) clever Chekhovian satire, once-successful writer Sasha Senderovsky, his psychiatrist wife, Masha, and their precocious adopted daughter, Natasha, have abandoned the city for their upstate bungalow colony to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined there by Sasha's childhood friends Vinod and Karen and Karen's dandyish distant cousin, Ed. Sasha's former student Dee adds a sexual charge to the proceedings with her southern drawl and the literary success of her hip, zeitgeist-capturing novel. Rounding out the group is the Actor, a narcissistic sex-symbol and method actor with whom Sasha hopes to adapt his early novel and thus revive his career and finances. This petri dish of personalities provides ample conditions for simmering jealousies, fervent glances, and unrequited love to thrive inside the idyllic compound while the country is ravaged by disease and fractured by political discord. Alas, human nature will prevail. Compelled by urges, riven by desires and the unearthing of long-buried betrayals, the group splinters. Situated in the summer of 2020, Shteyngart's big-hearted drama is timely yet timeless with its penetrating and nuanced social commentary exploring identity, racism, celebrity culture, social media, and humanity. Above all, Shteyngart artfully exemplifies love in its many registers—parental, brotherly, romantic—in what is ultimately a super sad true love story. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His novel Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and became one of the most iconic novels of the decade. His memoir, Little Failure, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel is Lake Success. His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.

Subject: Epidemics > Fiction.
Quakers > Fiction.
New York (State) > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Satire.
FICTION / Friendship.
Genre: Fiction.

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