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The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
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Apr 29, 2003 | ISBN 9781573229883

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"Rowdy, ribald, funny…this superb debut [is] the real thing."—Esquire

"As attuned to the exhilarating possibilities of the language as Martin Amis, as deadpan and funny as the young Evelyn Waugh."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"In Vladimir Girshkin, the wisecracking, lovelorn, desperately self-reinventing protagonist, Shteyngart has given us a literary symbol for this new immigrant age, much as Saul Bellow or Henry Roth did in theirs…"—Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post

"A brilliant, funny debut describing the vicissitudes of immigration today, as experienced by the hero, a young Russian-American."—Harper’s Bazaar

"The rampaging narrative is festooned on every page with glittering one-liners, improbably apt similes, and other miniature pleasures."—Elle

"If Henry Miller were Russian, this is a book he might have written."—Time Out New York

"[Gary Shteyngart’s] sense of the exploded past and volatile present suffuses this gifted first novel…" —O. Magazine


ALA Notable Book WINNER

BOMC Stephen Crane Award WINNER

Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award WINNER

Entertainment Weekly’s Best Book WINNER

National Jewish Book Award WINNER

New York Times Notable Book WINNER

Washington Post Best Book of the Year WINNER

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