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The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart

A catalogue of promiscuous praise.

Dec 6 '12

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins

"A brainy, bright, laughter-through-tears, can’t-stop-reading-until-it’s-over kind of novel. Fatherless daughters, mother-smothered sons, appealing ex-wives, mouthy high school drop-outs—damn, this book’s got something for everyone!"
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan

Dec 6 '12

The Story of My Purity by Francesco Pacifico

"Ho, ho and ho! Insanely funny and terrifically offensive, Francesco Pacifico’s novel fell on my head like a bowling ball and knocked me the hell out. Among many other things, it’s also a great updating of Roman life. American publishers don’t really translate from the Italiano anymore, so it’s great to see a worthy translation of what is sure to be a modern Italian classic."
—Gary Shteyngart, author ofSuper Sad True Love Story 

Nov 20 '12

This Must Be the Place by Anna Winger

"As smart and cosmopolitan as the twenty-first century city she chronicles so well, Anna Winger’s This Must Be the Place is an essential love story for our confused and difficult times. Funny, touching, and unforgettable.”
—Gary Shteyngart 

Oct 26 '12

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

"Arresting, ground-shifting, beautiful and tragic. This is the book a new generation of writers will answer to. No one in America writes like this."
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

Oct 9 '12

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

“If God is in the details, Ms. Desai has written a holy book. Page after page, from Harlem to the Himalayas, she captures the terror and exhilaration of being alive in the world.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

Sep 7 '12

The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

"It’s hard to write books that are both adventurous and touching, but Andrew McCarthy manages to pull it off and more! A smart, valuable book."
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan

Sep 5 '12

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes

“I started this book in the A.M., finished in the P.M., and couldn’t sleep all night. Ms. Homes just gets better and better.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Aug 10 '12

Everything Is Going To Be Great by Rachel Shukert

“If you read only one memoir by a disaffected, urban, 20-something Jewish girl this year, make it this one. Shukert rocks the lulav.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

Aug 9 '12

True Believers by Kurt Andersen

"Kurt Andersen’s best yet. The man is operating on some far-out level that bends time and space to his will. True Believers hits all the right notes and reads like a goddamn dream.”
—Gary Shteyngart 

Aug 8 '12

Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White

"I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with a novel. Jack Holmes and His Friend is a brilliant, moving and hilarious book from America’s wittiest and most urbane writer. It’s the story of two men and their unlikely friendship told without sentimentality, but containing within itself the history of a time and a place, New York in the second half of the 20th Century, that is entirely unforgettable and true. A top-shelf addition to the Edmund White canon.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Aug 8 '12

Hotel du Dream by Edmund White

“Astonishing. As honest, daring, and deeply felt as a work of the imagination can be.”
—Gary Shteyngart 

Aug 8 '12

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

“David Mitchell continues to surprise me with his virtuosity and humanity. Black Swan Green is his most accomplished and accessible book to date. If you read one British novel this year, please make it this one.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan

Aug 8 '12

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Aug 6 '12

When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

“Molly Ringwald understands how families work and uses her considerable talents to make them come alive on the page.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Jul 27 '12

How to Blurb and Blurb and Blurb by A.J. Jacobs

"The fact that A. J. Jacobs wrote this in 20 minutes, hung over in bed and dressed in his rubber-ducky pajamas, bespeaks of his superior talent."
—Gary Shteyngart 

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