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Something Unbelievable

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Something Unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova
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Apr 13, 2021 | ISBN 9780525511908

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“Droll and hilarious . . . able to blend the funny and the heartbreaking beautifully together . . . Though Larissa’s and Natasha’s stories are wildly different, they share an irreverence and a longing for something more, and they echo each other in their explorations of obligation and desire, of envy and disappointment, of art and contentment, and the possible incompatibility of the two. With Something Unbelievable, Kuznetsova movingly makes a case for the significance of the everyday . . . how unspectacular moments can transcend their confines, how miraculous the ordinary can be.”The New York Times Book Review 
“Wonderfully rich . . . Kuznetsova’s humor shines through Larissa’s voice, and she always balances the pathos with the humor, again an echo of many of the Russian masters. . . . The freshness of such a voice makes it come alive as it is told.”—Ploughshares
“Kuznetsova expertly weaves multiple narratives into a vivid tapestry teeming with histories and places, generations and time. The unbelievable in these characters’ lives is the everyday. It is beauty, such as the changing colors in the sky, but it is also human frailty: the cheating, the lying, the stealing. And it is also the primeval connection, the conditional love that can only be guaranteed by the family.”The Moscow Times

Something Unbelievable is a high-wire feat of imagination and heart, told by two unforgettable women. It deftly chronicles the blurry days of new motherhood, the way our family stories echo across generations, and the messy power of matrilineal bonds with wisdom and tenderness and hard-won humor. I loved it.”—Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

Something Unbelievable is fresh, funny, and filled with messy family dynamics. What a delightful novel.”—Diksha Basu, author of The Windfall and Destination Wedding

Something Unbelievable gives you things hilarious, things heartbreaking, things gorgeous and perfect and irresistible on every page. This novel crosses generations, oceans, and empires but never misses a step.”—Julia Phillips, author of the National Book Award finalist
Disappearing Earth

“It is a funny, deeply moving novel.”—Anton DiSclafani, bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

“From the very first page, Kuznetsova had me laughing out loud at eighty-something Larissa’s acerbic, delicious wit, which rendered the retelling of her family’s suffering during World War II even more devastating.”—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

“An introspective look at the stages of life and what means the most at each phase, Kuznetsova’s second outing is an emotional powerhouse.”Booklist (starred review)

“A moving intergenerational story with an unforgettable wartime narrative steeped in literature.”Library Journal

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