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Super Sad True Love Story

(2010)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel
The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America's dysfunctional coming years - and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

In a very near future - oh, let's say next Tuesday - a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century - he totally loves books (or 'printed, bound media artifacts,' as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.

After meeting Lenny on an extended Roman holiday, blistering Eunice puts that Assertiveness minor to work, teaching our 'ancient dork' effective new ways to brush his teeth and making him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. But America proves less flame-resistant than Lenny's new threads. The country is crushed by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York's Central Park, the city's streets are lined with National Guard tanks on every corner, the dollar is so over, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Undeterred, Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland. He's going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where single people can determine a dating prospect's 'hotness' and 'sustainability' with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.

Wildly funny, rich, and humane, Super Sad True Love Story is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Used availability for Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story


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Hardback Editions

February 2011 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-4104-3441-9 / 978-1-4104-3441-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-4000-6640-9 / 978-1-4000-6640-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-679-60359-X / 978-0-679-60359-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-8129-7786-6 / 978-0-8129-7786-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-84708-249-1 / 978-1-84708-249-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-84708-316-1 / 978-1-84708-316-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 0-8129-8195-2 / 978-0-8129-8195-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-84708-103-7 / 978-1-84708-103-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

May 2011 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart Gary
ISBN: 1-4561-2363-7 / 978-1-4561-2363-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

July 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-4498-0968-5 / 978-1-4498-0968-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   

2010 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-4498-0967-7 / 978-1-4498-0967-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
Availability: Amazon CA   

2010 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN: 1-4498-3104-4 / 978-1-4498-3104-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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