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The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

In The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Vladimir Girshkin is an aimless and bored 25-year old Russian immigrant living in Manhattan with a low-paying dead-end job. He longs for the American dream but misses the Russia of his youth. Instead he heads for Eastern Europe, where he bilks rich and hip American 20-somethings for a gangster named Groundhog. The hapless Vladimir, with a foot in both cultures, stumbles through them both with his sardonic wit and humorous observations. As badly-laid plans begin to fail all around him, he must decide which world contains his future. Salon.com says "The Russian Debutante's Handbook is a blisteringly funny, almost frighteningly energetic novel of adventure, perfidy and even a car chase or two."
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