What Happened to Anna K.

By Irina Reyn
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9781416558934, 256pp.)

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: , Compact Disc, , Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Next List
“Irina Reyn's contemporary take on Anna Karenina is not a remake or a parody or even an homage, but its own story, twice-told, you might say. Filled like a blintz with references to all things Russian, this fast-paced yet ever-atmospheric tale of love and illusion (and disillusion) has the weight of a novel with things on its mind. You will be happy to entertain this second story.”
-- Stephen F. Shapiro, Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008


Description

A mesmerizing debut novel that reimagines Tolstoy's classic tragedy, Anna Karenina, for our time

Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov's boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world.

In nearby Rego Park's Bukharian-Jewish community, twenty-seven-year-old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions: French movies and the lovely Katia. Lev's restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna's. But will Lev's quest result in life's affirmation rather than its destruction?

Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.




About the Author

Irina Reyn is a fiction and nonfiction writer who divides her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in anthologies and publications such as The Forward, San Francisco Chronicle, The Moscow Times, Nextbook and Post Road. Born in Moscow, Irina was raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

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