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Lake Success

(2018)
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"Stupendous . . . a novel that seems to have been created in real time, reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute." - Elizabeth Gilbert

The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.


Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema - a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth - has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

Advance praise for Lake Success

"As good as anything we've seen from this author: smart, relevant, fundamentally warm-hearted, hilarious of course, and it has a great ending." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Shteyngart's latest is a hilarious, melancholic, and rapier-sharp tale for our times." - Library Journal (starred review)

"Shteyngart does slapstick as well as ever, but he stakes out new terrain in the expert way he develops his characters' pathos. . . . [Lake Success is] a stylish, big-hearted novel. Shteyngart made his name as a sharp satirist, and he'll undoubtedly widen his appeal with this effort." - Publishers Weekly

"In Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly: its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream - with recognition and with pure hilarity." - Richard Ford

"Lake Success is Gary Shteyngart, so you already know it's the funniest book you'll read all year. But the surprise here is the novel's epic sweep, its melancholy resonance. What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. I was utterly floored by Shteyngart's staggeringly beautiful denouement." - Maria Semple

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly; its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream - with recognition and with pure hilarity." - Richard Ford

"Stupendous... Reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute... I barked with laughter at the same time as wincing in pain." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"A trip through the American wasteland - from the people who have too little, to the people who have too much. Incredibly smart, incredibly funny, incredibly tragic, and therefore incredibly human, this is the perfect novel for these dysfunctional times." - Nathan Hill

"Lake Success takes us on an unforgettable road trip through an America that's ominously divided, wildly diverse, and weirdly familiar. Gary Shteyngart writes about money and marriage with brutal honesty, virtuoso wit, and stubborn compassion for his deeply flawed but still somehow lovable characters." - Tom Perrotta

"The funniest book you'll read all year. A rollicking and zinger-filled road trip [that] sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems.I was utterly floored." - Maria Semple


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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-241-35028-X / 978-0-241-35028-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lake Success: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-8129-9741-7 / 978-0-8129-9741-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-241-98408-4 / 978-0-241-98408-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-241-35030-1 / 978-0-241-35030-0 (UK edition)
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September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lake Success: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-984841-52-1 / 978-1-984841-52-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart (author)
ISBN: 0-525-51172-5 / 978-0-525-51172-4 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lake Success: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-101-92312-1 / 978-1-101-92312-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lake Success
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lake Success: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA