Log in

Miami's Best Book Club Since 1988

  • Home
  • GARY SHTEYNGART "Our Country Friends"

GARY SHTEYNGART "Our Country Friends"

  • November 10, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast

EVENT-DETAILS     


GARY SHTEYNGART

Our Country Friends

1pm on Novemer 10


ABOUT GARY 

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His novel Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and became one of the most iconic novels of the decade. His memoir, Little Failure, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel is Lake Success (for which he visited with us at Temple Israel during September 2018). His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.


ABOUT THE BOOK

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.”

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.



This Virtual Event is FREE with a Paid

2021-2022 Membership

and is

Exclusive to Our Members

Members Will be Automatically Registered

and Will Receive FREE Books Mailed to Their Home*


REGISTRATION

Forty-eight hours prior to this event, all BLS members will be automatically registered. Members will receive a free book by mail* as soon as they are made available by the publisher. Watch your inbox for details!

  • We cannot guarantee that late-joining members will be able to receive books from past 2021-22 events.
  • Recordings of these virtual events are available to all  members shortly after each event has closed. 


*Log in to be sure we have your current mailing address on file.


Updated 8/24/2021


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software