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Author: Gary Shteyngart Narrator: Jonathan Todd Ross Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781490612041
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After three acclaimed novels-- The Russian Debutante' s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story-- Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I’m always wary when a young writer offers up a memoir, but Gary Shteyngart delivers big-time with Little Failure. His family’s story is quite remarkable, and it’s told with fearlessness, wisdom and the wit that you’d expect from one of America’s funniest novelists.”

    Carl Hiaasen

  • “[Little Failure] finds the delicate balance between sidesplitting and heartbreaking…Long after the laughter fades, there lingers the image of a lonely, sickly child who learns to write to express a message ‘both desperate and common’:‘Please love me.’ 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Shteyngart’s achingly honest, bittersweet comic memoir is a winner.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “An immigrant’s memoir like few others, with as sharp an edge and as much stylistic audacity as the author’s well-received novels…Though fans of the author’s fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, January 2014
  • A Library Journal bestseller
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A January 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Todd Ross is a writer and an Earphones and Audie Award–winning voice actor. He has lent his voice to numerous anime television shows, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sonic X.