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By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya—who has been compared to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, and even Stephen King—is best known for in Russia.
Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people across the life span: one-night stands in communal apartments, poignantly awkward couplings, office trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot through with lurid violence, romantic illusion, and surprising tenderness. With the satirical eye of Cindy Sherman, Petrushevskaya blends macabre spectacle with transformative moments of grace and shows just why she is Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer.
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For these women, telling their stories is as necessary as having someone to care for. They tell stories, while waiting in endless lines for bread and trains and promotions that will never come, to feel less lonely.Read Full Review of There Once Lived a Girl Who S... | See more reviews from NY Times
Petrushevskaya’s crackling language provides the emotional distance necessary to appreciate the chains of plot connecting these contained lives as they click along to their endings. Often, a well-placed adverb or phrase breaks the narrative curve...Read Full Review of There Once Lived a Girl Who S... | See more reviews from AV Club
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