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The Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories

Ellen Litman

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ISBN 10: 0393065111 / ISBN 13: 9780393065114
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2007
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Last Chicken in America: A Novel in ...

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Masha is just out of high school when her family arrives in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. With touching lightheartedness and tremendous humor, these stories trace her struggles and those of other Russians in the community to find their own place in the new society-seniors alienated from their children, spouses trying to hold their families together while grappling with unemployment and depression, young adults searching for love. In "Dancers" a pair of hedonistic and financially unstable performers invades the home of a married couple. The hero of "The Trajectory of Frying Pans" falls for a coworker who may or may not be trapped in a green-card marriage. In "About Kamyshinskiy" a man, living under the scrutiny of his daughters and neighbors, is trying to start over after the death of his wife. This is an impressive debut about the sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious collision of cultures, religions, and generations in contemporary America.

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Ellen Litman's stories reminds us that the human soul is, in its essence, an immigrant: eager, rootless, searching tenderly for home. The depth of her insight, and the incandescence of her prose, is startling. --Steve Almond"

Ellen Litman's intelligence is fresh, tender and wonderfully alive. --Mary Gaitskill"

A beautiful, complex portrait of an immigrant community that, through its heart, virtuosity, humor, and unrelenting precision of vision, ends up being about America itself--about the complicated blessings that freedom, and the possibility of affluence, bring.--George Saunders

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