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One More Year: Storiesby Sana Krasikov
Synopses & Reviews
Sana Krasikov is a brilliant new writer. The stories of One More Year are populated by imperfect characters who always surprise, and who are gloriously brought to life with humor, sympathy, and unexpected tenderness.
-Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
They have extricated themselves from dead-end lives in their native Russia; now some of the emotional emigres in Sana Krasikov's stunning debut collection of stories are in America, trapped in makeshift jobs or marriages, and waiting, always waiting, for redemption. One More Year is an exploration of 'an entire world transposed, like an ink blot on a folded map, from one continent to another, ' an atlas of continental drift.
-O, The Oprah Magazine
One More Year riffs on the old story of the immigrant experience in America in a surprisingly fresh way... her story collection is consistently original.
-Time Out New York
Her book is more cogent, as a collection with a point, than most. . . Ms. Krasikov's short stories are some of the finest debut work to appear in recent years. Bitterness and martyrdom are the spice of these stories, and one of her characters, bewildered by the petty tit-for-tat around her, wonders: 'Must every simple decency now be counted?' But that kind of counting is precisely what makes a writer of manners superb.
-The New York Sun
Sana Krasikov's memorable characters emerge, fully formed and breathing on their own, from a deep, clear pool of seemingly effortless language, a knowing and incisive but empathetic sensibility. These stories are original, resplendent, and brilliant.
-Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man
Sana Krasikov is the real thing. Her stories take shape inside the specific world of emigres wrestling with language and loss and the stubborn details of survival, but they open into the largest of worlds and speak a universal language of heartbreak and desire.
--Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies
Sana Krasikov's observations of the world her characters inhabit--full of big and small tragedies, laughable and lamentable incidents--are as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, yet her understanding of her characters--most often of their follies and imperfections--are tender and sympathetic. She treats every story as a novel, and the readers of these stories will, in the end, live with the characters beyond the space of a short story. These stories are the debut of a major literary voice shaped by the literary traditions both American and Russian.
--Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
A collection of short fiction is populated by characters--mostly displaced women--who, despite the odds and challenges in their lives, continue to hold out hope that the love in their lives will make everything all right.
One More Year is Sana Krasikov's extraordinary debut collection, illuminating the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet Empire. With novelistic scope, Krasikovcaptures the fates of people-in search of love and prosperity-making their way in a world whose rules have changed.
From the Hardcover edition.
Every so often a new writer appears who is wiser than her years would suggest, whose flesh-and-blood characters embody more experience than a young writer could possible know. Sana Krasikov is one of those writers. Her first published story appeared in the New Yorker, her second in The Atlantic Monthly’s fiction issue. One More Year is her debut collection, made up of stories of people who hold out hope, despite the odds, that life will be kind to them.
The characters who populate Krasikov’s stories are mostly women–some are new to America; some still live in the former Soviet Union, in Georgia or Russia; and some have returned to Russia to find a country they barely recognize and people they no longer understand. Mothers leave children behind; children abandon their parents. Almost all of them look to love to repair their lives, and when love isn’t really there, they attempt to make do with relationships that substitute for love.
Like Jhumpa Lahiri and ZZ Packer, two writers whose fully-realized characters drive their fiction, Sana Krasikov is an exhilarating talent whose first collection puts her on the map with today's most talented young authors.
About the Author
Sana Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and in the United States. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Virginia Quarterly, Epoch, and Zoetrope. She lives in New York City and is at work on her first novel.
Table of Contents
Companion — Maia in Yonkers — The alternate — Asal — Better half — Debt — The repatriates — There will be no fourth Rome.
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