Lake Success

Lake Success

eBook - 2018
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The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. "Gary Shteyngart has held up a mirror to American culture that is so accurate, and so devastating, that it makes you want to break the mirror right over your own head. I mean this as a good thing."?Elizabeth Gilbert Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema?a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth?has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. Advance praise for Lake Success "As good as anything we've seen from this author: smart, relevant, fundamentally warm-hearted, hilarious of course, and it has a great ending."? Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Shteyngart's latest is a hilarious, melancholic, and rapier-sharp tale for our times."? Library Journal (starred review) "Shteyngart does slapstick as well as ever, but he stakes out new terrain in the expert way he develops his characters' pathos. ... [Lake Success is] a stylish, big-hearted novel. Shteyngart made his name as a sharp satirist, and he'll undoubtedly widen his appeal with this effort."? Publishers Weekly "In Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly: its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream?with recognition and with pure hilarity."?Richard Ford " Lake Success is Gary Shteyngart, so you already know it's the funniest book you'll read all year. But the surprise here is the novel's epic sweep, its melancholy resonance. What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. I was utterly floored by Shteyngart's staggeringly beautiful denouement."?Maria Semple.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House Publishing Group, 2018.
ISBN: 9780812997422
0812997425
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DPL_Graham Dec 21, 2018

What is success? Is it billions of dollars in the bank? Is it a good relationship with your son? Maybe it is connecting with the common man, the one-eyed Mexican man who sleeps on your shoulder on the Greyhound bus. For Barry, “the friendliest guy on the Street,” the challenge of connecting with his autistic son is just too much. Lost to drunkenness on 20k dollar whiskey and tricked by his neighbor into bragging about his hedge fund scam money, Barry panics. Fight turns to flight and the next thing Barry knows he’s throwing up in a Greyhound bus station waiting for the next bus out of his current life.

Barry runs from his inability to connect with his wife and his autistic son. However, as we get to know Barry we see many of the autistic traits in his child, the obsessions and lack of social ability, mirrored in Barry. Barry is running from his own nature and the fabricated story of “Barry” he’s spun. He desperately believes in himself and yet can’t trust any of his finance experiences. Only the land of the Greyhound bus and the people he meets along the way are really real. Even as his strange journey unfolds Barry knows he’ll be telling this story the rest of his life.

If you enjoy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “American Psycho” you’ll enjoy this novel. I found myself cringing and laughing at every step of Barry’s journey. Barry tries so hard, believes in himself so fully, that his action are horribly exposing yet loveable. If you’ve ever liked “Curbed” you’ll enjoy this fun, interesting, and insightful read about a self-taught “American Psycho” with the heart of a crack smoking teddy bear.

For all the awkwardness throughout Barry’s journey, the ending is satisfying and sweet, an after dinner chocolate and coffee that soothes the stomach. Barry’s redemption is possible, but maybe not in the wholesome American bus trip philosophy he imagines.

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lhaddix
Oct 23, 2018

If you are looking for an of the moment social commentary about the financial industry this is the book for you. It focuses on a hedge fund multi-millionaire with a minority trophy wife who is more than he bargained for. The main character is at a crossroads in his life, facing marital struggle and possible jail time. He decides to escape his reality and seek out his past life. It takes you on a cross country trip that is a total contrast to his Manhattan high life. He encounters experiences and people that bring in touch with the America that he is not part of.

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blcwrites
Oct 09, 2018

Maybe it's the times we're living in. Or maybe offbeat humor about the 1% isn't my cup of tea any longer. I read the first 5 pages, flipped to page 50 and dropped in for a spell...nope - not my cup of tea. I'd rather re-read The Living by Annie Dillard and drop into the founding of Bellingham than hang out with this modern-day crowd.

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babbette51
Sep 26, 2018

A fun, intelligent & interesting read...it keeps the reader engaged.
The main character is immensely clueless and lives in his own fantasyland, yet somehow manages not to be totally ridiculous.
Look forward to reading other books written by this author.

debwalker Sep 17, 2018

Wall Street one per center flees his marriage and autistic child on a Greyhound bus. Sad funny satire of modern life.

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