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Our Country Friends

By: Gary Shteyngart
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller.

It's March 2020, and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most. 

The unlikely cast of characters includes a Russian-born novelist, his Russian-born psychiatrist wife, their precocious child obsessed with K-pop, a struggling Indian American writer, a wildly successful Korean American app developer, a global dandy with three passports, a Southern flamethrower of an essayist and a movie star, the Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family.

©2022 Gary Shteyngart (P)2022 W F Howes

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Our Country Friends is a perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the pandemic era I would place in a time capsule as a representation of all that is good and true and beautiful about literature. I hope the extraterrestrials who exhume it will agree.” (New York Times)

 “A powerful fable of our broken time.” (Salman Rushdie)

“A masterpiece.... There cannot be a more relevant novel for our moment, certainly not one with such beauty of description, depth of feeling and, as always, humour.” (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less)

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  • 07-28-22

First half is great but overblown and pointless

I loved Lake Success. It is one of my favourite books. This one has a promised first half drawing out the characters in the authors unique style but it ends up way too long, overblown and a bit pointless by the end.