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How to Get into the Twin Palms

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ISBN13: 9780983247180
ISBN10: 0983247188
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It was a strange choice to decide to pass as a Russian. But it was a question of proximity and level of allure. Russians were everywhere in Los Angeles, especially in my neighborhood, and held a certain sense of mystery. I had long attempted to inhabit my Polish skin and was happy to finally crawl out of it. I would never tell my mother. She only thought of them as crooks and beneath us. They felt the same about us, we were beneath them. It had always been a question of who was under whom.

Anya is a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, struggling between retaining her parents Polish culture and the American-ness she was submerged in growing up. She decides to blaze a new path, and attempt to assimilate within her adopted community, epitomized by the exclusive club the Twin Palms. It is Anyas goal to gain entrance to this club.

How To Get Into the Twin Palms is hilarious and deeply moving, providing a humorous twist on the typical immigrant tale of belonging.

Review:

"In a taut debut from the Believer deputy editor, a lonely 25-year-old Polish woman struggles to shed the American skin she's grown since immigrating to Texas as a child; she wants to sound and look 'more Eastern European... Soviet-built and dooming,' so that she might attract the attention of the Russian men who frequent — and frequently have sex outside of — the nightclub across the street from her L.A. apartment. In 1994 Anya, recently displaced from her position at a temp agency, spends her time spying on the night-clubbers; dying her hair to look like those '4 a.m. Girls'; calling Bingo numbers for lonely-but-still-horny church widows; and following the Moorpark and Tierra Rejada fires, which fill the air with an acrid haze as they scar the Hollywood hills. Before the smoke reaches her balcony, Anya catches the attention of Lev, who, with his Russian prison tattoos and 'intoxicating smell onions and cologne,' promises her access to the Twin Palms, as well as companionship and an elusive — if not illusive — identity. Though thin on plot, Anya's story strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire. (July 17)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching." Gary Shteyngart

Review:

"A taut debut...[that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

A witty and moving twist on the immigrant story. Get ready to lust after chesthair, kitchen haircuts, and pleather.

Synopsis:

How to Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living alone in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles to retain her parents Polish culture while trying to assimilate into her newly adopted community.

Anya stalks the nearby Twin Palms nightclub, the pinnacle of exclusivity in the Russian community. Desperate not only to gain entrance into the club but to belong there, Anya begins a perilous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the seemingly impenetrable world of the Twin Palms.

Synopsis:

"Waclawiak's novel reinvents the immigration story. How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke."

-New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"The novel is beautifully written and so suffused with loneliness it makes you ache. Not only is How to Get into the Twin Palms about the overwhelming state that is displacement, it's about what happens when loneliness becomes unbearable. Waclawiak writes through these tensions so elegantly, so tenderly, that How to Get Into the Twin Palms is, by far, one of my favorite books this year."

-The Rumpus

"Masked by scenes of schmancy nightlife is a story about an immigrant wanting to belong. Barely getting by in LA on bingo-calling, Anya reinvents herself. With hair dye and a push-up bra, she tries to gain entry into the Twin Palms nightclub."

-Marie Claire

"A taut debut... [that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."

-Publishers Weekly (*starred*)

How to Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living alone in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles to retain her parents Polish culture while trying to assimilate into her newly adopted community.

Anya stalks the nearby Twin Palms nightclub, the pinnacle of exclusivity in the Russian community. Desperate not only to gain entrance into the club but to belong there, Anya begins a perilous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the seemingly impenetrable world of the Twin Palms.

Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She is Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.

About the Author

Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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susmitapaul.c01, July 5, 2012 (view all comments by susmitapaul.c01)
the narrator stalks Twin Palms club. the reader stalks the same with the language the author uses. An intense beginning. read an excerpt. Am looking forward to be able to read the rest :)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780983247180
Author:
Waclawiak, Karolina
Publisher:
Two Dollar Radio
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a taut debut from the Believer deputy editor, a lonely 25-year-old Polish woman struggles to shed the American skin she's grown since immigrating to Texas as a child; she wants to sound and look 'more Eastern European... Soviet-built and dooming,' so that she might attract the attention of the Russian men who frequent — and frequently have sex outside of — the nightclub across the street from her L.A. apartment. In 1994 Anya, recently displaced from her position at a temp agency, spends her time spying on the night-clubbers; dying her hair to look like those '4 a.m. Girls'; calling Bingo numbers for lonely-but-still-horny church widows; and following the Moorpark and Tierra Rejada fires, which fill the air with an acrid haze as they scar the Hollywood hills. Before the smoke reaches her balcony, Anya catches the attention of Lev, who, with his Russian prison tattoos and 'intoxicating smell onions and cologne,' promises her access to the Twin Palms, as well as companionship and an elusive — if not illusive — identity. Though thin on plot, Anya's story strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire. (July 17)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching."
"Review" by , "A taut debut...[that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."
"Synopsis" by , A witty and moving twist on the immigrant story. Get ready to lust after chesthair, kitchen haircuts, and pleather.
"Synopsis" by , How to Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living alone in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles to retain her parents Polish culture while trying to assimilate into her newly adopted community.

Anya stalks the nearby Twin Palms nightclub, the pinnacle of exclusivity in the Russian community. Desperate not only to gain entrance into the club but to belong there, Anya begins a perilous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the seemingly impenetrable world of the Twin Palms.

"Synopsis" by ,

"Waclawiak's novel reinvents the immigration story. How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke."

-New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"The novel is beautifully written and so suffused with loneliness it makes you ache. Not only is How to Get into the Twin Palms about the overwhelming state that is displacement, it's about what happens when loneliness becomes unbearable. Waclawiak writes through these tensions so elegantly, so tenderly, that How to Get Into the Twin Palms is, by far, one of my favorite books this year."

-The Rumpus

"Masked by scenes of schmancy nightlife is a story about an immigrant wanting to belong. Barely getting by in LA on bingo-calling, Anya reinvents herself. With hair dye and a push-up bra, she tries to gain entry into the Twin Palms nightclub."

-Marie Claire

"A taut debut... [that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."

-Publishers Weekly (*starred*)

How to Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living alone in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles to retain her parents Polish culture while trying to assimilate into her newly adopted community.

Anya stalks the nearby Twin Palms nightclub, the pinnacle of exclusivity in the Russian community. Desperate not only to gain entrance into the club but to belong there, Anya begins a perilous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the seemingly impenetrable world of the Twin Palms.

Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She is Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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