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Enjoyed this book very much. Subtle, ironic, and much deeper than it may appear at first read. We get what we dream of ( become what we desire)but in the circumstances very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Helen B.
This isn't that terrible of a book...I suppose. It was memorable to me, because I've never been so irate with a character before. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mister Bonely
Ms. Vapnyar uses the parallel current/historical narratives to good effect. Her style is fun to read and sheds light on the Russian emigre experience.Published on March 2, 2014 by Bowtielawyer
Anything by Lara Vapnyar is worth reading. Including this. I do like the Soviet scenes better than what she describes once in the US. The author probably feels the opposite!Published on January 2, 2014 by Daming Bai
(3.5 stars) Tanya lives in Russia with her mother, an academic. She has recently graduated with a degree in history, and has managed to get a visa to emigrate to the U.S. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Michelle Boytim
"If I'm asked to name my proudest attainment, I will say:
I have slept with Hank Rearden. I had earned it. Read more
I loved the story. The narcissistic character was written well. The light nuances of self-absorption and entitlement balanced with an elevating grandiosity of both himself and... Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Non-Fiction Reader
Imagine deciding to become a muse to a famous author when you grow up! That is just what Tatiana (Tanya) Rumer does in this very readable, comic and original novel. Read morePublished on September 17, 2007 by Libra
Ms. Vapnyar constructs lovely sentences of well-chosen words. The main story is juxtaposed with a fabricated diary of Dostoevsky's mistress, whom the... Read more