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Monday, June 8, 2009

In My Mailbox


This weekly meme is hosted by The Story Siren


In a triumphant return to the short story, the form in which she made her extraordinary debut with There Are Jews in My House, Lara Vapnyar gives us a delightful new collection in which food and love intersect, along with their overlapping pleasures, frustrations, and deep associations in the lives of her unforgettable characters.

From “Broccoli” to “Borscht” to “Puffed Rice and Meatballs,” each of these new stories invites us into the uniquely captivating private worlds of Vapnyar’s Eastern European émigrés. There’s Nina, a recent arrival from Russia, for whom the colorful abundance of the vegetable markets in New York represents her own fresh hopes and dreams. . . Luda and Milena, who battle over a widower in their English class with competing recipes for cheese puffs, spinach pies, and meatballs . . . Sergey, who finds more comfort in the borscht made by a paid female companion than in her sexual ministrations. Each of the women and men who inhabit these witty, tender, and beautifully observed stories needs and longs for the taste and smell of home, wherever--and with whomever--that may turn out to be.

Russian in its wit and in many of its rich details, but American in its insistence on the quest for personal happiness, however provisional and however high the cost, Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and
Love masterfully illuminates a very particular facet of desire with entirely charming results.

9 Comments:

Mary said...

I hope you enjoy it. I haven't had much luck with short stories.

Kristen said...

I'm not a huge short story reader but this one does sound good!

robin_titan said...

That sounds pretty cool. I love the cover. :)

mememememeee said...

I am definitely one of those people who likes to judge a book by its cover and that cover looks brilliant!

mememememeee said...

I am definitely one of those people who likes to judge a book by its cover and that cover looks brilliant!

Crystal said...

This sounds good - thanks for sharing.

Ro Wi Jo said...

Not usually a fan of short story collections,but the title and the cover are brilliant, so my hopes are high!

susan said...

I'm a fan of short story but I fail to pick it up. This sounds wonderful. May look for this on my next trip to the library.

Thanks for coming by. Happy reading.

susan said...

I'm a fan of short story but I fail to pick it up. This sounds wonderful. May look for this on my next trip to the library.

Thanks for coming by. Happy reading.