Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart, Read by Rob Shapiro
Quarantine in Upstate New York!
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Rob Shapiro deftly narrates Our Country Friends, a Chekhovian study of Sasha, a Russian-American writer; his Russian-American wife, Masha, a psychiatrist; and their precocious 8-year-old adopted daughter, Natasha. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel talk about this story set during the start of the Covid pandemic, when a group of friends is invited to stay at an upstate NY bungalow colony “until the threat of the virus is gone.” While the novel contains many elements of a comedy of manners, its impact is elevated by skillful presentations of the challenges facing first-generation Americans.
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