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Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction)His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.

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Our Country Friends

Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation -- a powerful, emotionally rich novel about love, friendship, 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 and exhilarating 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 reevaulate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters include: 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 young flame-thrower of an essayist, originally from the Carolinas; and a movie star, The Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family. 
 
In a remarkable literary feat, Gary Shteyngart has documented through fiction the emotional toll of our recent times: a story of love and friendship that reads like a great Russian novel set in upstate New York. 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.

Praise

“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. Shteyngart has written an American comic Decameron, or, to be plain: a masterpiece.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

“You can retreat from global catastrophe but your private calamities will come and find you. Gary Shteyngart’s most moving novel, Chekhov and Boccaccio reimagined in America in the year of the pandemic, is a powerful fable of our broken time.”  — Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize-winning author of Midnight's Children

“Gary Shteyngart is a national treasure. He has always written with great humor and heart, but never more so than here.  Be careful reading this book in public; it as likely to make you laugh out loud as cry.”—Jonathan Safran Foer, bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and I Am Here

Events

Come see Gary Shteyngart on tour as he discusses Our Country Friends!

Nov 02 2021 (Tue)
Brooklyn, NY
Center for Fiction
in conversation with Sloane Crosley
7:00 PM EST
Nov 03 2021 (Wed)
Virtual
Oblong Books
in conversation with Darin Strauss
7:00 PM EST
Nov 04 2021 (Thu)
Virtual
Magic City Books
in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu
8:00 PM EST
Nov 06 2021 (Sat)
Brookline, MA
Brookline Booksmith
in conversation with Steve Almond
3:00 PM EST
Nov 11 2021 (Thu)
Virtual
Book Soup
in conversation with Krys Lee
9:00 PM EST
Nov 13 2021 (Sat)
Portland, OR
Portland Book Festival
in conversation with Jon Raymond
10:30 AM PST
Nov 13 2021 (Sat)
Portland, OR
Live Wire Radio
with Luke Burbank
7:30 PM PST
Nov 14 2021 (Sun)
Virtual
Detroit Jewish Book Fair
in conversation with David Ebershoff
8:00 PM EST
Nov 17 2021 (Wed)
Virtual
Boswell Book Company
in conversation with Chris Lee
8:00 PM EST
Nov 18 2021 (Thu)
Virtual
Atlanta JCC
in conversation with Nathan Englander
8:00 PM EST
Nov 20 2021 (Sat)
Millbrook, NY
Millbrook Winery
in conversation with Paul LaFarge
2:00 PM EST
Dec 01 2021 (Wed)
New York, NY
92nd St Y
7:30 PM EST
Dec 07 2021 (Tue)
Virtual
Barnes & Noble Book Club
3:00 PM EST
Dec 08 2021 (Wed)
New York, NY
Random House Holiday House
7:00 PM EST

More from Gary Shteyngart

Lake Success

Lake Success

The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

Little Failure

Little Failure

New York Times Bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

The all too true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words.

Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story

New York Times Bestseller

A deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

Absurdistan

Absurdistan

An uproarious and poignant story of one very fat man and one very small country.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

Both a highly imaginative romp and a serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in America.

Contact

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