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The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart

A catalogue of promiscuous praise.

Posts tagged submission

Jan 10 '14

Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone

“If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. It’s so post-post-modern it’s almost pre-modern. I read it on a stone tablet and loved every word.”

— Gary Shteyngart

Jun 4 '13

Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality by John Schwartz

Oddly Normal is a funny, touching and indispensible book. Moving as well as buoyant, it will give parents of gay children a great deal of hope.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Apr 22 '13

The Nostalgist by Griffin Hansbury


“[The] Nostalgist is the most important book to come out of the Isle of Man last year! It kept me up all night.”
–Gary Shteyngart

Feb 4 '13

The City of Devi by Manil Suri

"The City of Devi is so exuberant and sexy, one may wish to purchase a prophylactic alongside it. When the world comes to an end, I will spend my last days in Mumbai clutching a copy of Manil Suri’s dazzling epic.”
—Gary Shteyngart

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 

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

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

Jun 19 '12

Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol

"Gina Apostol’s novel is just what literature needed. Fresh, funny, irreverent, it won me over immediately."
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

May 14 '12

The Festival of Earthly Delights by Matt Dojny

"If Puchai were a real country, I’d be a citizen by now, or at least an illegal alien. What a glorious novel!"
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Mar 29 '12

The World Without You by Joshua Henkin

"This book is witty and wise, poignant and heartfelt. The 4th of July will never be the same for me, nor for my fellow Americans. I can’t imagine a world without Joshua Henkin."
—Gary Shteyngart

Feb 24 '12

Reading Series at Pete’s Candy Store

"The most intimate reading space in Brooklyn. Think of a fine pre-war dining car with an endless supply of booze."
—Gary Shteyngart
, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

Jan 23 '12

Crossing California by Adam Langer

"A work of unusual mastery, compassion, insight and wit.  What is exciting about Crossing California is not merely the scope of Adam Langer’s literary ambitions, but the generous ways in which he fulfills them.”
—Gary Shteyngart 

Jan 23 '12

A Changed Man by Francine Prose

"Here is a novel that captures America at its most hilarious and dreadful.  Here are characters as richly drawn as any in our fiction to date.  And here is a work filled with such keen detail and emotional resonance that every page is a revelation.  Come see why Francine Prose is one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers."
—Gary Shteyngart 

Jan 22 '12

The Scenic Route by Binnie Kirshenbaum

"Kirshenbaum is a fearlessly unsentimental storyteller, a gifted comic writer, and a thoughtful archeologist of family life."
—Gary Shteyngart

Jan 22 '12

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy

"Beautifully written, atmospheric and very funny. Ms. Currimbhoy’s debut novel contains entire worlds.  I couldn’t put it down."
—Gary Shteyngart