Sometimes, I write brief book reviews for the library’s magazine, Off the Shelf. Here’s my last post condensed down to something which can be used.
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart is an over-the-top satire that seizes on consumerism, digital dependence, sexuality, politics and privacy. Set in a dystopian near future United States governed by a single Bipartisan party and corporate interests like LandOLakesGMFordCredit, Lenny Abramov, an out of touch salesrep of eternal life falls in love with a young woman, Eunice Park, who is a product of this post-literate generation. Patched together from diary and email entries, the novel follows Lenny and Eunice’s super-sad attempt at love as the country and culture slide into decay and bankruptcy. Dark, humorous, and imaginative, Super Sad True Love Story offers a glimpse of our future as cast in a funhouse mirror.
New York : Random House, c2010.