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ISBN13: 9780670038190
ISBN10: 0670038199
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Awards

The Rooster 2008 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Sasha Goldberg is the ultimate outsider: she's a chubby, biracial Jewish girl from the Siberian town of Asbestos 2. Her father takes off for the United States, and leaves Sasha to navigate adolescence in a bleak apartment bloc with her overbearing mother. Sasha falls in love with an art school drop-out who lives inside a concrete pipe in the town dump. Following her heart gets her into trouble at home, so she flees Russia as a mail-order bride and lands in suburban Arizona. Sasha manages to escape her Red Lobster-loving fianc? and embarks on a misadventure-filled journey across America in search of her father.

Anya Ulinich has crafted an unforgettable story of familial fault lines, cross-cultural confusion, and the beguiling allure of new beginnings. Petropolis is a funny and poignant debut marking the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Review:

"Ulinich's debut novel traces Russian-Jewish Sasha Goldberg's screwball coming-of-age and search for her long-ago disappeared father. Sasha, living with her mother, Lubov, in the gloomy Siberian town of Asbestos 2, is a disappointment to Lubov. Not musically inclined and is too chubby for ballet, Sasha is a messy, uncoordinated child with a passion for drawing. After Sasha is accepted into a local, cash-strapped art school, she becomes pregnant and has a daughter, Nadia. Though Sasha wants to raise Nadia, Lubov forces Sasha to attend an art school in Moscow and leave Nadia behind with her. Once in Moscow, Sasha begins scheming her way to America — where she believes her father lives — and soon is on a plane to Phoenix, Ariz., as a 17-year-old mail-order bride. Sasha flees after a year to Chicago, where she works as a live-in maid for the wealthy Tarakan family, though she is little more than the family's 'pet Soviet Jew.' Sasha's salvation lies in Jake Tarakan, the Tarakan's wheelchair-bound 18-year-old son, who helps Sasha locate her father. Though Sasha's mental letters home and some timeline hiccups work against the momentum, cultural assimilation humor is the order of the day, and Ulinich provides it by the bucketful." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Sasha Goldberg, the protagonist of Russian-born Anya Ulinich's striking cross-cultural coming-of-age novel, is different from her uniformly blond schoolmates in the 'proletarian soup' of Asbestos 2, a bleak Siberian village that was once an administrative center for the Soviet gulag. Sasha is clumsy and plump, with 'yellow, freckled' skin and frizzy hair, thanks to a chance encounter between her paternal... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"A beautiful, far-ranging voice equally at home on both sides of the Atlantic...Anya Ulinich's satiric romp gives new meaning to the word 'bittersweet.'" Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan

Review:

"How did she do it? Anya Ulinich has written — and in a second language, no less — a smashing debut, at once a deeply moving coming-of-age odyssey and a globe-spanning satire of societies gone desperately and hilariously awry. I loved Petropolis for its bone-dry humor, eye-popping authenticity, and vividly realized characters. Most of all, I loved Sasha Goldberg. Through its darkest and most comic moments, this book made me very, very happy." Katherine Shonk, author of The Red Passport

Review:

"For a girl from a bleak Siberian town, Ulinich's protagonist Sasha Goldberg has a surprisingly big heart and a hysterical view of life in America. Petropolis is a compassionate and unusual novel about motherhood, immigration, and religious fanaticism." Laura Dave, author of London Is The Best City In America

Review:

"Ulinich is unflinchingly funny, sensitive, and a superb new talent." Akhil Sharma, author of An Obedient Father)

Review:

"Petropolis is a real feast of sharp wit, quirky characters and amazing situations." Lara Vapnyar, author of Memoirs of a Muse and There Are Jews in My House

Review:

"A dark irresistible comedy with an authentic Russian voice." Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park and Stalin's Ghost

Review:

"Ulinich has written fresh and nervy social satire in the spirit, if not quite with the power, of Tom Wolfe, Aleksandar Hemon, Gish Jen, Gary Shteyngart and Lara Vapnyar." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Petropolis is engaging, funny and genuinely moving in all the right places. It is a sparkling debut, a unique comic novel." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Ulinich has a keen literary sensibility that brings forth the pathos of her heroine's quest without indulging in bathos." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Ulinich's first novel...tackles many difficult issues: motherhood, an immigrant's desperate attempts to escape her family and her country, both racial and national identity, and the lengths to which people will go to get by in this world." Library Journal

Review:

"[T]he final chapters are filled with some nicely detailed observations about her two homelands — and alienation in general." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In her stunning debut novel, Anya Ulinich delivers a funny and unforgettable story of a Russian mail-order bride trying to find her place in America. After losing her father, her boyfriend, and her baby, Sasha Goldberg decides that getting herself to the United States is the surest path to deliverance. But she finds that life in Phoenix with her Red Lobster-loving fiancé isn't much better than life in Siberia, and so she treks across America on a misadventure-filled search for her long- lost father. Petropolis is a deeply moving story about the unexpected connections that create a family and the faraway places that we end up calling home.

About the Author

Anya Ulinich was seventeen when her family left Moscow and immigrated to the United States. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA in painting from the University of California. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Yolande, September 9, 2007 (view all comments by Yolande)
Very compelling coming of age narrative of Sasha Goldberg, a teenage biracial Jewish girl from Siberia. An artist, child of the exiled intelligentsia, growing up in Asbestos 2, she embarks on her journey into the world, and coming to America. The descriptions of Russian bleakness and American alienation alike are captivating, tug at the heart, and open our minds. This is a unique book and writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670038190
Author:
Ulinich, Anya
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080325
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.38x6.30x1.12 in. 1.19 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ulinich's debut novel traces Russian-Jewish Sasha Goldberg's screwball coming-of-age and search for her long-ago disappeared father. Sasha, living with her mother, Lubov, in the gloomy Siberian town of Asbestos 2, is a disappointment to Lubov. Not musically inclined and is too chubby for ballet, Sasha is a messy, uncoordinated child with a passion for drawing. After Sasha is accepted into a local, cash-strapped art school, she becomes pregnant and has a daughter, Nadia. Though Sasha wants to raise Nadia, Lubov forces Sasha to attend an art school in Moscow and leave Nadia behind with her. Once in Moscow, Sasha begins scheming her way to America — where she believes her father lives — and soon is on a plane to Phoenix, Ariz., as a 17-year-old mail-order bride. Sasha flees after a year to Chicago, where she works as a live-in maid for the wealthy Tarakan family, though she is little more than the family's 'pet Soviet Jew.' Sasha's salvation lies in Jake Tarakan, the Tarakan's wheelchair-bound 18-year-old son, who helps Sasha locate her father. Though Sasha's mental letters home and some timeline hiccups work against the momentum, cultural assimilation humor is the order of the day, and Ulinich provides it by the bucketful." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A beautiful, far-ranging voice equally at home on both sides of the Atlantic...Anya Ulinich's satiric romp gives new meaning to the word 'bittersweet.'"
"Review" by , "How did she do it? Anya Ulinich has written — and in a second language, no less — a smashing debut, at once a deeply moving coming-of-age odyssey and a globe-spanning satire of societies gone desperately and hilariously awry. I loved Petropolis for its bone-dry humor, eye-popping authenticity, and vividly realized characters. Most of all, I loved Sasha Goldberg. Through its darkest and most comic moments, this book made me very, very happy."
"Review" by , "For a girl from a bleak Siberian town, Ulinich's protagonist Sasha Goldberg has a surprisingly big heart and a hysterical view of life in America. Petropolis is a compassionate and unusual novel about motherhood, immigration, and religious fanaticism."
"Review" by , "Ulinich is unflinchingly funny, sensitive, and a superb new talent."
"Review" by , "Petropolis is a real feast of sharp wit, quirky characters and amazing situations."
"Review" by , "A dark irresistible comedy with an authentic Russian voice."
"Review" by , "Ulinich has written fresh and nervy social satire in the spirit, if not quite with the power, of Tom Wolfe, Aleksandar Hemon, Gish Jen, Gary Shteyngart and Lara Vapnyar."
"Review" by , "Petropolis is engaging, funny and genuinely moving in all the right places. It is a sparkling debut, a unique comic novel."
"Review" by , "Ulinich has a keen literary sensibility that brings forth the pathos of her heroine's quest without indulging in bathos."
"Review" by , "Ulinich's first novel...tackles many difficult issues: motherhood, an immigrant's desperate attempts to escape her family and her country, both racial and national identity, and the lengths to which people will go to get by in this world."
"Review" by , "[T]he final chapters are filled with some nicely detailed observations about her two homelands — and alienation in general."
"Synopsis" by ,
In her stunning debut novel, Anya Ulinich delivers a funny and unforgettable story of a Russian mail-order bride trying to find her place in America. After losing her father, her boyfriend, and her baby, Sasha Goldberg decides that getting herself to the United States is the surest path to deliverance. But she finds that life in Phoenix with her Red Lobster-loving fiancé isn't much better than life in Siberia, and so she treks across America on a misadventure-filled search for her long- lost father. Petropolis is a deeply moving story about the unexpected connections that create a family and the faraway places that we end up calling home.

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