By Keith Gessen
“A reason for party: big-hearted, witty, hot, compulsively readable, earnest, humorous, packed with that sort of pleased unhappiness I go together with Russia and its writers.” —George Saunders, guy Booker Prize-winning writer of Lincoln within the Bardo
A literary triumph approximately Russia, family members, love, and loyalty—the first novel in ten years from a founding editor of n+1 and writer of All the sorrowful younger Literary Men
When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother Dima insists that Andrei go back to Moscow to deal with their unwell grandmother, Andrei needs to take inventory of his lifestyles in manhattan. His female friend has stopped returning his textual content messages. His dissertation adviser is doubtful approximately his task clients. It’s the summer season of 2008, and his checking account is working dangerously low. probably a number of months in Moscow are only what he wishes. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and strikes into the condo that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a lady who has outlived her husband and so much of her neighbors. She survived the darkish days of communism and witnessed Russia’s violent capitalist transformation, in which she misplaced her cherished dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her domestic, whether she can’t never forget who he is.
Andrei learns to navigate Putin’s Moscow, nonetheless town of his beginning, yet with costlier espresso. He takes care of his elderly—but unusually sharp!—grandmother, unearths a spot to play hockey, a café to ship emails, and at last a few buddies, together with a stunning younger activist named Yulia. Over the process the yr, his grandmother’s health and wellbeing declines and his emotions of dislocation from either Russia and the US deepen. Andrei is aware he needs to reckon along with his destiny and make offerings that may verify his lifestyles and destiny. whilst he turns into entangled with a bunch of leftists, Andrei’s politics and his allegiances are proven, and he's pressured to return to phrases with the Russian society he used to be born into and the yankee one he has loved seeing that he was once a kid.
A clever, delicate novel approximately Russia, exile, relatives, love, background and destiny, A poor County asks what you owe where you have been born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen offers us a super and mature novel that's certain to mark him as essentially the most gifted novelists of his generation.
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