The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

“The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”
by Gary Shteyngart
Summary: Russian immigrant Vladimir Girshkin – “part P.T. Barnum, part Vi.I Lenin” – lives a futile life in NY City. Gets involved with yuppy women, is terrorized by his mother and has a fat girlfriend. Until he messes with the Mafia and is forced to flee to the imaginary Eastern European country of Stolovaya, where he becomes a Russian mobster in his own right.
Why read?: Hilarious, similar to “A Conspiracy of Dunces” in style. Dry humor, self-mockery, a shitload of cultural references, tongue-in-cheek throughout.

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