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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irina Reyn Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov’s boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world.

In nearby Rego Park’s Bukharian-Jewish community, twenty-seven-year-old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions: French movies and the lovely Katia. Lev’s restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna’s. But will Lev’s quest result in life’s affirmation rather than its destruction?

Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exquisite contemporary love story…a ‘Moscow on the East River’ that explores issues of love and capitulation that transcend its particular ethnic milieu.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “With all the finery of a Gucci handbag and a perfectly fitted mink coat, Reyn captures and reveals the intricately layered culture of sausage immigrants.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Reyn’s sparkling insight into the Russian and Bukharan Jewish communities, and the mesmerizing intensity of her prose, make this debut a worthy remake.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “White has a cool, pleasant tone that helps calm the over-the-top emotions of the story, and she reads crisply, moving the story along.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jegdsw | 2/9/2014

    " An interesting book- liked it- not the best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cheri | 2/3/2014

    " Didn't love it. It was very difficult to relate to or have any sympathy for the main character, Anna K. And those that have read Anna Karenina, the Tolstoy novel that inspired this book, you know how it ends! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/2/2014

    " The best thing about this book is that it makes me want to re-read Anna Karenina. The insights on aging and the immigrant experience make this book worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gail | 1/24/2014

    " This retelling of Anna Karenina among the Russian immigrant community in contemporary NYC didn't really grab me. The Russian immigrant community seemed very shallow, and Anna K didn't manage to rise above it. It did incline me to re-read Anna Karenina. "

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