My New American Life by Francine Prose

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17 Critic Reviews

My New American Life has no cut-and-dried answer...And with writing as intelligent and enjoyable as this, it's well worth trying to find out for yourself.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

“Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller.”—Russell Banks
 
Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusiveAmerican dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11. Set at the frontlines of a cultural war between idealism and cynicism, inalienable rights andimplacable Homeland Security measures, My New American Life is a movingand sardonic journey alongside a cast of characters exploring what it means tobe American.
 

About Francine Prose

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Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 325 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, History, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for My New American Life
All: 17 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 15 2011

Intelligence, wit and an engaging heroine can’t quite disguise the fact that there’s not much actually happening here.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Carlson on Apr 29 2011

Francine Prose has just such a sharp protagonist in her wry novel, “My New American Life,” a book that brims with smart surprises.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Apr 21 2011

But it turns out that “My New American Life” is really little more than a tired and faintly cynical riff on the old myth of the American Dream.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Apr 27 2011

With My New American Life, Prose has whipped up a frothy, benignly spicy ethnic dish.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathleen Byrne on Jun 03 2011

My New American Life has no cut-and-dried answer...And with writing as intelligent and enjoyable as this, it's well worth trying to find out for yourself.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt on Apr 13 2011

Though satirical fiction can often leave a sour aftertaste, her deft comic touch rarely falters.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Reynolds on Apr 24 2011

Prose succeeds in making us feel the power of the American dream. She succeeds by transforming anxiety into compassion...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Simonson on May 19 2011

Prose spins the many straws of American culture into a golden tale, shimmering with hilarious, if blistering, satire.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Olivia Barker on May 23 2011

In My New American Life, Francine Prose cracks open that old chestnut about the immigrant reinvention experience and injects, yes, new life into it.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Abigail Deutsch on May 14 2011

Fun and funny, narrated in readable and unremarkable prose, the novel brims with somewhat predictable oddballs...

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Carmin on May 21 2011

With irony and wit, "My New American Life" offers an outsider's view of the American Dream,

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Dafna Izenberg on May 25 2011

In Lula, Prose showcases her keen sense of young people’s inner lives, in particular the constant vacillation between cynicism and hope, goofiness and sophistication.

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The Millions

Excellent
Reviewed by Greg Olear on May 04 2011

My New American Life is an assimilation story, in which Lula merges (literally, as it turns out) with the American citizenry. It’s a commentary on immigration; in addition to Lula’s own struggles...

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Full Stop

Excellent
Reviewed by Emma Schneider on Jun 03 2011

With a hefty dollop of wit and just a hint of heart, My New American Life offers a crunchy first bite into summer reading.

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Connie Ogle on May 27 2011

Prose manages a fabulously cynical world view that never entirely abandons hope or compassion for human flaws, whether the people flaunting them are Lexus-driving criminals...

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The Mookse and the Gripes

Below average
Reviewed by The Mookse and the Gripes on May 09 2011

Despite the book’s strengths, it is rather blunt criticism, familiar to anyone who pays attention, of the last decade.

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Books And Movies

Below average
Reviewed by CarrieK on May 29 2012

The biggest problem for me wasn’t the writing, or the setting. The details were authentic, as was the description of the immigrant experience. My issue was with the characters. I simply didn’t care about a single one.

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