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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (758 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine Prose Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller.”—Russell Banks
Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusiveAmerican dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11. Set at the frontlines of a cultural war between idealism and cynicism, inalienable rights andimplacable Homeland Security measures, My New American Life is a movingand sardonic journey alongside a cast of characters exploring what it means tobe American. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A tangy mixture of satire and sentiment…Ms. Prose uses her heroine’s outside status to make a lot of funny…observations about the cosseted life of well-to-do Americans.”

    New York Times

  • “Prose spins the many straws of American culture into a golden tale, shimmering with hilarious, if blistering, satire.”

    Washington Post

  • “Prose is dazzling in her sixteenth book of spiky fiction, a fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story that subtly embodies the cultural complexity and political horrors of the Balkans and Bush-Cheney America.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An illuminating and ultimately upbeat look at America’s immigrant situation that all fiction readers will enjoy.”

    Library Journal

  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amara | 2/17/2014

    " This was actually a fascinating story. It shows the United States from the point of view of a modern day immigrant from Albania. EVERYTHING looks different from that point of view. The saints and sinners are in slightly different places. The laws and constitution looks a little different. One quote --and I'm not going to get this exact: "Albania and the United States are two countries on escalators moving in opposite directions but getting close to the same place". Scary, and I'm pretty sure I don't agree with everything, but it was really neat to see through different glasses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Pi | 2/16/2014

    " This was an enjoyable and darkly comedic look at America through the eyes of a new immigrant, Lula. Her viewpoint is informed by her Albanian upbringing, and it's interesting to see where her Eastern European sensibilities clash with her new life, and where they hold her in good stead. The characters are not always sympathetic, but they make their own choices based on the situation at hand. My only reservation is that the satirical nature of the book forced some of the situations to come across a bit broadly. Then again, "My New American Life" is clearly another story that Lula tells; like any good storyteller, she knows that it is sometimes necessary to embellish the truth for the sake of story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/14/2014

    " What I liked about this book was its understanding of Albania, a unique place that I've had the privilege to visit several times. Not sure though that without familiarity with Albanians that this book will resonate with others. A good summer read - wait for the paperback and bring to the beach next year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/25/2014

    " The narrator/main character is interesting, honest, and likeable. The story feels real. If, perhaps, too easily satisfied to stay with the surface of things, or just hint at what lies beneath. "

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