Hosted by The Detroit Jewish Book Fair
Join us as we close our festival week with the incomparable Gary Shteyngart discussing his new book, Our Country Friends with editor David Ebershoff.
Co-sponsor: Doris and Frederick Blechman
About Our Country Friends (Click here to purchase)
It's March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gather in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals emerge, forcing each person to re-evaluate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters include: a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a Southern flame-thrower/essayist; and a movie star whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family. In a remarkable literary feat, Gary Shteyngart has documented through fiction the emotional toll of our recent times: a story of love and friendship that reads like a great Russian novel set in upstate New York.