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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story is set in the near future and features an America at war in Venezuela and facing a credit crisis engineered by China. Books are an anachronism and people carry smart phones, which they can use not just for short bursts of communication, but they can point it at another person and find out everything they need to know about that person, including their financial stability and sexual prowess. Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov looks old since he can't afford the rejuvenation procedures his employer offers, and he may be the last person to keep a diary and read books. He's in love with Eunice Park, a young Korean-American woman who stays with him so she can have a place to live. She's not particularly kind to Lenny, but does her best to convert him to the shallow life she espouses. Gary Shteyngart's novel has received positive reviews with the Los Angeles Times saying, "For my part, I find the novel pretty much on target: The Eunice sections aside, it is on the whole both frightening and devastatingly funny. What remains to be seen is whether its depiction of the fall of the American republic will turn out to have been frighteningly, devastatingly prescient."