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Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Maria Reva

8 Reviews

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Former Soviet Union, USSR (Europe), Short stories

* 'Bright, funny, satirical and relevant. . . . A new talent to watch!' MARGARET ATWOOD (via Twitter) * 'Bang-on brilliant' MIRIAM TOEWS *

'Bright, funny, satirical and relevant. . . . A new talent to watch!' MARGARET ATWOOD (via Twitter)

'Bang-on brilliant' MIRIAM TOEWS

This brilliant and bitingly funny novel-in-stories, set in and around a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet-era Ukraine, heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

'A comic triumph' GLOBE AND MAIL

A cast of unforgettable characters--citizens of the small industrial town of Kirovka--populate Maria Reva's ingeniously entwined tales that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. Weaving the strands of the narrative together is an unforgettable, chameleon-like young woman named Zaya: an orphan turned beauty-pageant crasher who survives the extraordinary circumstances of her childhood through a compelling combination of ferocity, intelligence, stubbornness and wit.

Inspired by her own family's history, Reva's Good Citizens Need Not Fear takes us from paranoia to tenderness and back again, exploring what it is to be an individual amid the roiling forces of history.

'Luminous' YANN MARTEL

'Outstanding' ANTHONY DOERR

'Maria Reva's enthralling debut of interlinked short stories achieves the double effect of timelessness and timeliness' KAPKA KASSABOVA, GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE DAY

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Praise for Good Citizens Need Not Fear

  • Bright, funny, satirical and relevant. . . . A new talent to watch! - Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)

  • Bang-on brilliant - Miriam Toews

  • A comic triumph - Globe and Mail

  • Maria Reva's enthralling debut of interlinked short stories achieves the double effect of timelessness and timeliness - Kapka Kassabova, Guardian Book of the Day

  • Outstanding - Anthony Doerr

  • Luminous - Yann Martel

  • [A] hilarious, absurdist debut collection...Reva delights in the strange situations caused by political dysfunction, while offering surprising notes of tenderness as ordinary people learn to get by. The riotous set pieces and intelligent gaze make this an auspicious debut - Publishers Weekly

  • Absurd, funny, devastating . . . Strange, beautiful and so very full of life - Lara Prescott

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