Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
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Nearly everything in this book is admirably written, but as a novel it's rather messy, and too long. The acute, kitchen-sink observations of Lenny's Russian parents or Eunice's Korean parents don't mesh well with the savage, swinging, Technicolor satire of an America in terminal decline.
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In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?

 

About Gary Shteyngart

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Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972, and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story (2010), Absurdistan (2006) and The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2002). Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by over 40 news journals and magazines around the world. Absurdistan was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine. The Russian Debutante's Handbook won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. His work has been translated into 26 languages.
 
Published July 21, 2010 by Random House. 353 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Chris Cox on Feb 26 2011

It's said that good satire should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. On finishing Super Sad True Love Story, you feel both bruised and consoled at once.

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Reviewed by Tibor Fischer on Sep 03 2010

Nearly everything in this book is admirably written, but as a novel it's rather messy, and too long. The acute, kitchen-sink observations of Lenny's Russian parents or Eunice's Korean parents don't mesh well with the savage, swinging, Technicolor satire of an America in terminal decline.

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Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Lazarovic on Aug 07 2010

...it’s also frustrating. Eventually, Joshie swoops in to both save and backstab Lenny. And yet Lenny, as we knew he would, does little. He’s a passive creature in a speedy, strange, terrible world.

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