Called "The Great American Pandemic Novel," and a title that is well-earned, Gary Shteyngart’s ability to write about the idiosyncrasies of American life is unparalleled, and the pandemic provides a dramatic backdrop from which his characters and their tumultuous relationships shine through. Shteyngart brings the reader back to March 2020, at the start of COVID lockdowns, and introduces us to eight very different people unexpectedly living together in isolation in an upstate New York house. Engaging with these country friends is both entertaining and cathartic.
Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation—a novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal, a book that reads like a great Russian novel, or Chekhov on the Hudson, by a novelist The New York Times calls “one of his generation’s most original writers.”
“A masterpiece…There cannot be a more relevant novel for our moment, certainly not one with such beauty of description, depth of feeling, and, as always, humor.”—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less
It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters includes a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a Southern flamethrower of an essayist; and a movie star, the Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family. Both elegiac and very, very funny, Our Country Friends is the most ambitious book yet by the author of the beloved bestseller Super Sad True Love Story.
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|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:1972
Place of Birth:Leningrad, USSR
Education:B.A., Oberlin College, 1995