Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and LovePaperback
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- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Format: Paperback | 148 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 13mm | 159g
- Publication date: 2 June 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 030727988X
- ISBN 13: 9780307279880
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 1,560,675
Each of Lara Vapnyar's six stories invites us into a world where food and love intersect, along with the overlapping pleasures and frustrations of Vapnyar's uniquely captivating characters. Meet Nina, a recent arrival from Russia, for whom colorful vegetables represent 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 . . . and Sergey, who finds more comfort in the borscht made by a paid female companion than in her sexual ministrations. They all crave the taste and smell of home, wherever--and with whomever--that may turn out to be. A roundup of recipes are the final taste of this delicious collection.
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Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia in 1994. She is also the author of of the novel "Memoirs of a Muse. There are Jews in My House "was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and won the Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times, The New Yorker, "and "Open City. "She lives on Staten Island.
Praise for "Memoirs of a Muse " "A smart, fetching comic novel that has its heart in the Russian masters and its attitude in modern New York . . . Full of generous intelligence." -"The Boston Globe ""So good, so consistently fresh, funny, and surprising, that every sentence is a pleasure." -"San Francisco Chronicle ""[Vapnyar] is clearly a talented writer, possessed of an ample humor and insight and a humane sensibility." -"The New York Times Book Review ""Hilarious . . . [Vapnyar's] eye for the absurd remains sharp . . . An immensely talented storyteller." -"Vogue "Praise for "There Are Jews in My House "" ""Reading these stories is a bit like what it might have been like to look over Tolstoy's shoulder while he examines a blade of grass, then another. In Vapnyar's fiction, details jut, simple and bright, until they pose a world." -"Chicago Tribune ""Prepare yourself for radiance." -"New York Observer ""Superbly written tales that continue the tradition of Russian realism . . . One feels that a season is changing and the future has arrived." -"The Washington Times " "From the Hardcover edition."