There Are Jews in My House by Lara Vapnyar
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There Are Jews in My House is one of the most striking debuts of recent years. Tracing the lives and aspirations of Russians living in Moscow and Brooklyn, these poignant, sad and funny stories create a luminous new literary world.

In the title story, set during the Second World War, Galina, a gentile, offers refuge to a Jewish friend and her daughter, only to find herself increasingly resentful of their presence in her home. In “Mistress,” a nine-year-old boy, new to America, escorts his grandmother to her weekly doctors’ appointments to interpret her myriad complaints. At the same time, he becomes aware that his grandfather may be involved with another woman. And in “Love Lessons–Mondays, 9 A.M.” a young math teacher assigned to teach a sex education class becomes all too aware that her students are more experienced than she is.


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About Lara Vapnyar

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Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia to New York in 1994 and began publishing short stories in English in 2002. She lives on Staten Island and is pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at CUNY Graduate Center.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 160 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whether set in Vapnyar's native Russia or in her adopted New York, the six understated stories in this debut collection are beautifully crafted and unswerving in their exploration of human frai

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(Dec. 2) Forecast: Vapnyar's classical sensibility is far from the scrappy postmodernism of Aleksandar Hemon, but both are standouts as self-taught writers of English (Vapnyar supposedly learned the language by watching television and reading Jane Austen and Alice Munro), and both provide idio...

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Review: In these stories set in Moscow and Brooklyn, Vapnyar masters the difficult art of capturing a young person's perspective without seeming false or precious.

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Deseret News

" Thus begins the title story in Lara Vapnyar's collection, "There Are Jews in My House."

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