In a near future hilariously reflective of contemporary trends and fears, middle-aged Lenny Abramov falls for younger Eunice Park. Separated by sensibilities as much as by years, anxious, book-loving Lenny and unfulfilled, hyper plugged-in Eunice both struggle with where they fit in their world and who they can be to each other. Shteyngart ably satirizes the preoccupations of the Information Age while also giving us its first great romance.
— Julia S., DC Public Library staff
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In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?