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Trespassers Welcome Here Paperback – May 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; Reprint edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671700243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671700249
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this wryly amusing collection of interrelated first-person vignettes, the disarming self-revelations of a group of Russian emigres newly transplanted to Southern California are both witty and poignant. Karbo's cast of alternating narrators, all associated with the Slavic Studies department of a university, include a writer-in-exile still nursing old literary rivalries; a middle-aged teaching assistant desperately trying to turn herself into the all-American girl (and shed her lumpish husband); a Soviet actress attempting to navigate the uncertain waters of Hollywood auditions, callbacks and false promises; and a hapless KGB agent who wonders why her co-workers treat her with such suspicion and hostility (after all, as she points out, she works for those who send people to gulags, but doesn't do it herself). In her first book, the author, a winner of the 1988 General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers, has not yet found her voice; when in doubt, she reaches for humor in fractured English and heavy-handed cross-cultural juxtapositions. But the best stories create a flavorful portrait of an unusual expatriate society.
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More About the Author

Karen Karbo's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books.

Karbo's 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics' Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, O, More, The New Republic, The New York Times, salon.com and other magazines. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award.

Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, published in 2011. How to Hepburn, published in 2007, was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an exuberant celebration of a great original"; #1 ebook best-seller The Gospel According to Coco Chanel appeared in 2009. Next up: Julia Child Rules, which will appear in October 2013.

In addition, Karbo penned three books in the Minerva Clark mystery series for children: Minerva Clark Gets A Clue, Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs, and Minerva Clark Gives Up the Ghost.

Karen grew up in Los Angeles, California and lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues to kick ass.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
OK, so if no-body's bigged this up it's down to this Brit. Delightful account of Russian émigré life. All-time favourite. Must read again soon
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