Memoirs of a Muse

Memoirs of a Muse

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By (author) Lara Vapnyar

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1400077001
  • ISBN 13: 9781400077007
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 891,500

Product description

Humorous, charming, and written with the same beguiling grace and vividness as her story collection There Are Jews in My House, Vapnyar's first novel is a poignant and comic story about a delightfully sincere, modern-day muse.

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Author information

Lara Vapnyar's book of short stories, "There Are Jews in My House" (2003), was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was the winner of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture's 2004 Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers. Vapnyar, whose work has appeared in "Open City," "The New York Times," and "The New Yorker," emigrated from Russia in 1994. She lives on Staten Island with her husband and two children.

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Praise for Lara Vapnyar's "There Are Jews in My House " "Reading the stories in "There Are Jews in My House" is a bit like what it might have been like to look over Tolstoy's shoulder while he examined a blade of grass, then another. In Vapnyar's fiction, details jut, simple and bright, until they pose a world." --"Chicago Tribune" "Powerful . . . Vapnyar seems to be establishing her own more expansive freedom." --"The New York Times" "Stealthily engrossing, graceful prose . . . This lovely collection very effectively captures the small moments that tell what it is to be human." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "Shot through with coolly rendered details of exquisite beauty . . . Relish this small gem and hope for more." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Prepare yourself for radiance." --"New York Observer" "From the Hardcover edition."