Our Country Friends, by Gary Shteyangart

Staff Pick

I am typically wary of novels dealing with recent events, particularly those that are still unfolding in the real world. But this being Shteyngart, the master of the sad sack protagonist, I had to give it a chance. Of course his trademark wry humor is in full force here as are his captivating observations--his sideways view of things typically seen straight on or not at all. But compassion for his flawed characters--these emblems of a troubled world--shines through as well, and Shteyngart is ultimately able to chart a way forward despite all the pain.  This is among the first pandemic novels (of what is sure to be an overwhelming flood) and it has set the bar high.

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ISBN: 9781984855121
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Published: Random House - November 2nd, 2021