Little Failure

Little Failure : A Memoir

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Gary Shteyngart's loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer, or at least an accountant, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do. Fusing English and Russian, his mother created the term Failurchka - 'Little Failure' - which she applied to her son. With love. Mostly. A candid and deeply poignant story of a Soviet family's trials and tribulations, and of their escape in 1979 to the consumerist promised land of the USA, Little Failure is also an exceptionally funny account of the author's transformation from asthmatic toddler in Leningrad to 40-something Manhattanite with a receding hairline and a memoir to write.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 153 x 230 x 30mm | 483g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241146682
  • 9780241146682
  • 52,840

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'A marvel of a story. His finest book yet.' - Zadie Smith

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About Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart is the author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story.

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