The Russian Debutante's Handbook

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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In a novel about being an outsider in America and what it means to be an American, Vladimir, a young Russian-American immigrant, pursues his dreams of success, wealth, and a girlfriend, as his quest takes him deep into uncharted territory.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2002.
ISBN: 9781573222136
1573222135
Branch Call Number: FIC SHTEYNGART, GARY
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 24 cm.

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Bewondered
Mar 10, 2016

I laughed out loud on several occasions while reading this book, over a rainy weekend a few years ago. Shteyngart has a great sense of humor.

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baldand
Jul 28, 2015

Some of the statements in this book were real headscratchers: “PravaInvest’s jeeps were taking part in one of Gusev’s so-called readiness exercises, of which both NATO and the remains of the Warsaw Pact presumably were not informed”. This is about events that were supposed to occur in 1993 in a fictional country that is a thinly disguised Czechoslovakia. The Warsaw Pact dissolved itself on July 1, 1991. What is Mr. Shteyngart talking about?

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GummiGirl
Nov 21, 2012

Funny and well written. Anyone who enjoyed the author's other books should read this one as well.

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