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  • Spectacular.--NPR Uproariously funny.-- The Boston Globe An artistic triumph.-- San Francisco Chronicle A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.-- The Washington Post Shteyngarts best book.-- The Seattle Times The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND MAUREEN CORRIGAN, NPRS FRESH AIR AND NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review NPR The Washington Post O: The Oprah Magazine Mother Jones Glamour Library Journal Kirkus Reviews Newsday Pamela Paul, KQED Financial Times The Globe and Mail Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old sons diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literature--movement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientation--are what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel. . . . [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusions--both individual and collective--that grip this strange land getting stranger. -- The New York Times Book Review Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy. . . . The wit and the immigrants sense of heartbreak--he was born in Russia--just seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesnt disappoint. -- The New York Times

  • OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS Nouv.

    B>A powerful, emotionally rich novel about a group of friends sheltering in place at a country house during the first months of the pandemic--a book written in real time by;the bestselling author of;Lake Success;and;Super Sad True Love Story./b>br>br>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.;br>;br>In a remarkable literary feat, Gary Shteyngart has documented through fiction the emotional toll of our recent times: a story of love and friendship that reads like a great Russian novel set in upstate New York, 2020. Both elegiac and very, very funny,;Our Country Friends;is the most ambitious book yet by a novelist Michiko Kakutani of;The New York Times;calls;one of his generations most original and exhilarating writers.;

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