The Russian Debutantes Handbook Gary Shteyngart

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The Russian Debutantes Handbook  by  Gary Shteyngart

The Russian Debutantes Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
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Winner of the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation Prize, and one of Book Magazines Top Ten debuts of 2002. Vladimir Girshkin - twenty-five-year-old Russian immigrant, Little Failure according to hisMoreWinner of the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation Prize, and one of Book Magazines Top Ten debuts of 2002. Vladimir Girshkin - twenty-five-year-old Russian immigrant, Little Failure according to his high-achieving mother, unhappy lover to fat dungeon mistress Challah (his little Challah bread), and lowly clerk at the bureaucratic Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society - is about to have his first break.

When the unlikely figure of a wealthy but psychotic old Russian war hero appears and introduces Vladimir to his best friend, who just happens to be a small electric fan, Vladimir has little inkling that he is about to embark on an adventure of unrelenting lunacy - one that overturns his assumptions about what it means to be an immigrant in America.

The Russian Debutantes Handbook takes us from New York Citys Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava - the Eastern European Paris of the 90s - whose grand and glorious beauty is marred only by the shadow of the looming statue of Stalins foot. There, with the encouragement of the Groundhog, a murderous (but fun-loving) Russian mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the American ex-pat community with the hope of defrauding his young middle-class compatriots by launching a pyramid scheme thats as stupid as it is brilliant.

Things go swimmingly at first, but nothing is quite as it seems in Prava, and Vladimir learns that in order to reinvent himself, he must first discover who he really is.



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