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Bestselling author Gary Shteyngart’s exquisite fiction has been met with a level of critical acclaim reserved for the very best in the field. In this startlingly provocative work, Russian immigrant Vladimir Girshkin searches for love and self-identity while interacting with a quirky set of acquaintances.

The Russian Debutante’s Handbook takes us from New York City’s Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava—the Eastern European Paris of the ’90s—whose grand and glorious beauty is marred only by the shadow of the looming statue of Stalin’s foot. There, with the encouragement of the Groundhog, a murderous (but fun-loving) Russian Mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the American ex-pat community with the hope of defrauding his young middle-class compatriots by launching a pyramid scheme that’s as stupid as it is brilliant. Things go swimmingly at first, but nothing is quite as it seems in Prava, and Vladimir learns that in order to reinvent himself, he must first discover who he really is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As attuned to the exhilarating possibilities of the language as Martin Amis, as deadpan and funny as the young Evelyn Waugh.” 

    New York Times

  • “Rowdy, ribald, funny...this superb debut [is] the real thing.” 


  • “A brilliant, funny debut describing the vicissitudes of immigration today, as experienced by the hero, a young Russian-American.” 

    Harper’s Bazaar

  • “The rampaging narrative is festooned on every page with glittering one-liners, improbably apt similes, and other miniature pleasures.” 


  • “If Henry Miller were Russian, this is a book he might have written.” 

    Time Out New York

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
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About the Author
Author Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the US seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and a best book of the year by Time, the Washington Post Book World, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and many others. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, the New Yorker, and Travel + Leisure. He currently lives in New York City.