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There Are Jews in My House: Stories

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Innocence rounds the bend to experience in these beautifully shaped stories of Moscow and Brooklyn, which take up the worldview of the young and overlooked. The stunning Second World War story that opens the book is a masterpiece of ambivalenceabout the simultaneous generosity and hypocrisy of Galina, a gentile Russian woman who offers safe harbor to a Jewish friend and her daughter during the German occupation. In “Love LessonsMondays, 9 A.M.,” a young math teacher is assigned to teach a girls sex education class, even though she herself is still awaiting her first kiss. And in “Mistress,” a boy newly arrived in this country bears witness to the intimate details of his grandparents new and diverging lives: his grandmothers doctors appointments, where he is charged with translating her myriad complaints into English, and his grandfathers clandestine courtship of another woman.

Adept at both snapshots and long exposures, Lara Vapnyar, herself a recent immigrant, writes of lifes adventures and possibilities, its disappointments and unexpected turns, with delicate humor, brilliant timing, and striking emotional honesty. She is a writer to relish and to watch.

Review:

"Here is the Soviet Union as only its citizens knew it — a junkyard of truncated aspirations, moral degradation, despair and inexplicable resilience, a place at once labyrinthine and explicit, dysfunctional and yet determined to survive." The New York Times

Review:

"Whether set in Vapnyar's native Russia or in her adopted New York, the six understated stories in this debut collection are beautifully crafted and unswerving in their exploration of human frailty." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In her first collection, Vapnyar, who emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1994, mesmerizes readers with her touching characters." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Innocence rounds the bend to experience in these beautifully shaped stories of Moscow and Brooklyn, which take up the worldview of the young and overlooked. The stunning Second World War story that opens the book is a masterpiece of ambivalence--about the simultaneous generosity and hypocrisy of Galina, a gentile Russian woman who offers safe harbor to a Jewish friend and her daughter during the German occupation. In "Love Lessons--Mondays, 9 A.M.," a young math teacher is assigned to teach a girls' sex education class, even though she herself is still awaiting her first kiss. And in "Mistress," a boy newly arrived in this country bears witness to the intimate details of his grandparents' new and diverging lives: his grandmother's doctors' appointments, where he is charged with translating her myriad complaints into English, and his grandfather's clandestine courtship of another woman.

Adept at both snapshots and long exposures, Lara Vapnyar, herself a recent immigrant, writes of life's adventures and possibilities, its disappointments and unexpected turns, with delicate humor, brilliant timing, and striking emotional honesty. She is a writer to relish and to watch.

About the Author

Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia to New York in 1994 and began publishing short stories in English in 2002. She lives on Staten Island and is pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at CUNY Graduate Center.

Table of Contents

There are Jews in my house — Ovrashki's trains — Lydia's grove — A question for Vera — Mistress — Love lessons - Mondays, 9 A.M.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375422508
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Vapnyar, Lara
Author:
Vapnyar, Laura
Publisher:
Pantheon
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
20031202
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.82x5.18x.68 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 160 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375422508 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Here is the Soviet Union as only its citizens knew it — a junkyard of truncated aspirations, moral degradation, despair and inexplicable resilience, a place at once labyrinthine and explicit, dysfunctional and yet determined to survive."
"Review" by , "Whether set in Vapnyar's native Russia or in her adopted New York, the six understated stories in this debut collection are beautifully crafted and unswerving in their exploration of human frailty."
"Review" by , "In her first collection, Vapnyar, who emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1994, mesmerizes readers with her touching characters."
"Synopsis" by , Innocence rounds the bend to experience in these beautifully shaped stories of Moscow and Brooklyn, which take up the worldview of the young and overlooked. The stunning Second World War story that opens the book is a masterpiece of ambivalence--about the simultaneous generosity and hypocrisy of Galina, a gentile Russian woman who offers safe harbor to a Jewish friend and her daughter during the German occupation. In "Love Lessons--Mondays, 9 A.M.," a young math teacher is assigned to teach a girls' sex education class, even though she herself is still awaiting her first kiss. And in "Mistress," a boy newly arrived in this country bears witness to the intimate details of his grandparents' new and diverging lives: his grandmother's doctors' appointments, where he is charged with translating her myriad complaints into English, and his grandfather's clandestine courtship of another woman.

Adept at both snapshots and long exposures, Lara Vapnyar, herself a recent immigrant, writes of life's adventures and possibilities, its disappointments and unexpected turns, with delicate humor, brilliant timing, and striking emotional honesty. She is a writer to relish and to watch.

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