Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart review



Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3 year-old-son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry’s departure, his super-smart wife Seema, a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account, has her own demons to face. How these two imperfect characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is the heart of this biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.


Lake  success was interesting…… I haven’t read much of Shteyngartian before just bits and piece here and there. This book was different in style of what I have read before. I feel that maybe the humor that was in this novel was more political based and there were small pointers to the Trump era race. There was beautiful structure to how this novel was written. It did flow smoothly and the author is a highly intelligent person. While I normally don’t read these type (political) novels, I was still intrigued. You can tell the author blended his sense of writing in with small hidden clues within this novel to mask or hide his views on the current race while leaving it simple enough to pick up on. Overall, I would give this novel 4 stars for its diverse structure. I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Random House

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