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By way of Katya, a novelist and fortyish mother of two, Vapnyar delivers “a very dark comedy,” one charting Katya’s complicated love life, her adjustment to Brooklyn after a childhood in the USSR, and her struggle to become a fiction writer. The heart of the story, however, is Katya’s relationship with her “hero of heroes”—her mother.  A widow and mathematician, Katya’s mother wrote textbooks for children before she immigrated, and late in life she decides to produce one for adults. But she dies of cancer before she’s done more than assemble twenty “flash cards” with theories and formulas. Katya, torn up by grief and facing the end of her marriage, uses these cards to structure the “self-help math book” that becomes the story of her own life. And she knows her life could use some structure. Married to a man she no longer loves, pining after the man she’s loved since she was seventeen, and trying to be swept off her feet by a Putin-era “Russian Gatsby,” Katya feels she lives an Escher life in an Escher house: the parts look normal, but won’t work together. If her search for a rational basis for emotions doesn’t make her “immune to the craziness of love,” it introduces readers to a character as delightful and unpredictable as she is passionate and smart.


Divide Me by Zero Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793422
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tin House Books - October 15th, 2019

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In this outstanding debut collection, Arthurs weaves together stories of home—whether characters are longing for the intricacies of their homeland, returning to a forgotten one, or seeking familial ties to an unknown place. Spoken from a variety of perspectives, Arthurs reflects on the trials of interracial relationships versus black love, isolating cultural differences, and the forlorn experience of dreaming of, but not wanting, a partner and kids. Life in beautiful Jamaica, or the memory of it, is the thread that ties each story together. This collection is filled with hurt and sorrow, but also much joy—a great summer read.

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524799229
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 18th, 2019

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 Belinda and Mary, two young live-in maids at the same house in Ghana, become fast friends. But they are suddenly torn apart when Belinda is sent to a Ghanaian family in London to help their westernized child, Amma, out of a rebellious slump. Her new living situation is complicated and difficult to process, but Mary's constant communications from Ghana center Belinda and help her to avoid completely breaking down—until tragedy strikes. Donkor perfectly peppers Twi throughout, which helps create the authentic tone of this marvelously written debut novel.



Housegirl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305176
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Picador - August 28th, 2018