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A Novel

by Shteyngart, Gary

When his dream of the perfect marriage, the perfect son, and the perfect life implodes, a Wall Street millionaire takes a cross-country bus trip in search of his college sweetheart and ideals of youth.

Myopic, 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 3 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, whom he hasn't seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry's departure, his super-smart wife Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life, with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account--has her own demons to face. How these two imperfect characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is the heart of this biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

GARY SHTEYNGART is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by over 40 news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante's Handbook, which won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His memoir, Little Failure, was a top 10 New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of 2014 by more than 45 publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Granta, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. His work has been translated into 29 languages.

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