One More Year #2020

One More Year By Sana Krasikov One More Year Every so often a new writer appears who is wiser than her years would suggest whose flesh and blood characters embody experience than a young writer could possibly know Sana Krasikov is one of those
  • Title: One More Year
  • Author: Sana Krasikov
  • ISBN: 9780385524391
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One More Year By Sana Krasikov Every so often a new writer appears who is wiser than her years would suggest, whose flesh and blood characters embody experience than a young writer could possibly know Sana Krasikov is one of those writers Her first published story appeared in the New Yorker, her second in The Atlantic Monthly s fiction issue One More Year is her debut collection, made up of storEvery so often a new writer appears who is wiser than her years would suggest, whose flesh and blood characters embody experience than a young writer could possibly know Sana Krasikov is one of those writers Her first published story appeared in the New Yorker, her second in The Atlantic Monthly s fiction issue One More Year is her debut collection, made up of stories of people who hold out hope, despite the odds, that life will be kind to them.The characters who populate Krasikov s stories are mostly women some are new to America some still live in the former Soviet Union, in Georgia or Russia and some have returned to Russia to find a country they barely recognize and people they no longer understand Mothers leave children behind children abandon their parents Almost all of them look to love to repair their lives, and when love isn t really there, they attempt to make do with relationships that substitute for love.Like Jhumpa Lahiri and ZZ Packer, two writers whose fully realized characters drive their fiction, Sana Krasikov is an exhilarating talent whose first collection puts her on the map with today s most talented young authors.
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    1. Sana Krasikov

      Sana Krasikov grew up in the Republic of Georgia, as well as the United States She graduated from Cornell University in 2001 and from the Iowa Writers Workshop.Sana Krasikov s first book, One More Year explored the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet empire It was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Prize, received a National Book Foundation s 5 under 35 award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Zoetrope, and other magazines In 2017 Sana was named one of Granta s Best Young American Novelists.To research The Patriots, Sana traveled to oil fields in Texas and KGB record warehouses in Moscow After four years in Kenya, she recently moved back to New York with her family and currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, radio journalist Gregory Warner, and their two children from and her website

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    1. Dude This is the most Iowa Writers Workshop book I have ever read, and when I was a little baby creative writing litfic zine self publishing undergrad baby, I read a lot of Iowa Writers Workshop books It s like, Jesus, I know that that place produces different kinds of writers, but if you wanted to boil what they do down into one book, this would be it Seemingly innocuous observations that are actually full of meaning, if you really totally think about it Check A window into cultures that aren t [...]

    2. Sana Krasikov, in her first published collection, brings a filling and current group of short stories, and in them, creates honest characters whose interactions cannot be forgotten Dramatic and awful at times, desperate and sparse, the stories move through time as each day does Eagerly, you turn the page, hoping for the best, but you see it doesn t always happen.As a graduate of the reknown Iowa Writers Workshop, Krasikov sounds like Raymond Carver at times despairing and hopeless with a sliver [...]

    3. What a discovery These are beautifully written stories with honest, potent descriptions of loneliness and love and place There s one story, Debt, whose absent characters are almost powerful than the ones who are present This collection has mostly to do with immigrants from Russia or Georgia, some successful transplants and some not Mine was a library copy and something I wish I owned.The first of many lines I wanted to write down It was hard to tell if he was smiling or sneering His face seemed [...]

    4. Stark stories of assimilation and identity that ask if we can ever be anything other than who we are By this I mean that one s culture in inextricably tied to one s sense of self When one s culture is stripped away, whether by choice or not, one begins to lose one s identity leaving a void into which myriad issues accumulate.

    5. I had not planned on reading this collection of stories I received a free hardback copy courtesy of the New York Public Library Young Lions Committee I am not a member I was invited to one of their events and left it buried under the nine gazillion other books on my floor until I decided to read it a couple of days ago and was not at all disappointed The stories focus on Russian Georgian Jewish immigrants in New York the tri state area read Westchester , and though I resent most authors with int [...]

    6. How often do you read a book and think Why haven t I heard about this book before This is exactly what I thought all the way through this book I enjoyed it immensely At the end of each short story, I wanted I wanted to know What happens next and had the RATS feeling that happens when you have to let go of a character at the story s end.I m going to order her first novel as soon as I get home The back flap says that Sana Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic [...]

    7. Short stories Krasikov has been widely compared to Jhumpa Lahiri and I think that s mainly because they both write about the experiences of immigrants in Krasikov s case, Russian and Georgian to the U.S A pleasure to read I am looking forward to reading Sana Krasikov s forthcoming novel, as most of her stories left me wanting to know about the characters I would like to see her take the time to go delve deeply in the themes she touches on in this collection.

    8. This is a series of short stories about the Russian immigrant experience in the United States Krasikov develops her characters in a remarkably deep way for such short stories, and her writing is lyrical She has characters that are Christian, Muslim, atheist, and Jewish, so I appreciated the variety One thing I noticed is that none of the characters is happy, either in the United States nor when they return to Russia for a visit or to stay Nor were they happy when they grew up in Russia Other boo [...]

    9. I read these short stories because they won the 2009 Sami Rohr prize for emerging Jewish authors There isn t necessarily a lot of Judaism in these tales, apart from one Modern Orthodox wedding, a synagogue sponsoring a secular couple and a woman who refuses to eat pork at her honorary aunt s home They are, however, very well written I read a review that likened their development to that of novels, and it stuck with me The items here tilt to the side of the longer short story and the final one is [...]

    10. Book Review One More Year by Sana KrasikovPortobello Books ISBN 97818462717798 out of 10The characters in Sana Krasikov s short stories in One More Year are all looking for something, in between something They may be between relationships, between stages in life, or even between countries It is of people looking for a new life, or a new identity, both literal and metaphorical, but know the cost of what they are leaving behind.We have parents who are seeking new connections with their children, o [...]

    11. DATE 7 16 08 TITLE One More YearAUTHOR Krasikov, Sana PUBLISHER Spiegel GrauCOPYRIGHT 2008RATING 5 out of 5I must preface my review with the fact that I rarely read short stories collections because I always seem to be left wanting I think the last collection I read and really enjoyed was The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende This book was meant for me to read The day I received it I was so drawn that I put my other books down and started in on it immediately By early evening, I was about h [...]

    12. One More Year is a collection of short stories that explore the lives of people from the former Soviet Union Some have immigrated to the United States and others still live or have returned to Russia The collection explores all sorts of relationships, from care takers, to husband and wife, to uncle and niece Many different parts of life are captures as snapshots Some of my favorite stories include Asal, about a relationship not normally talked about, Better Half about a young couple that marries [...]

    13. Two of the stories in this collection have been featured in The New Yorker, so I was excited when I saw a review copy of One More Year by Sana Krasikov arrive in the mail These tales of Russian and Georgian immigrants hoping for better lives through love in its myriad muddied forms are honest and unflinching Arranged marriages, affairs, and acceptance are commonplace as Krasikov accurately portrays the challenges of women who seek refuge in the attention and arms of all types of men, from the in [...]

    14. This is another hybrid book, this time from the Russian perspective It is well written and interesting to read, but it did not keep me engaged It is a difficult struggle to integrate into any society and Krasikov certainly brought a viewpoint often over looked Some of the stories are of people who are planning to go back to their native land once they have earned enough money always one year some are about individuals who are desperately trying to stay in America one story is about a successful [...]

    15. Short stories come in all different styles Some are character studies others have of a vignette feel to them, that slice of life view and then there are short stories that are plot driven, with a clear beginning, middle and end Sana Krasikov manages to capture all three in her collection, One More Year Her characters are richly drawn and fully developed Their stories are complex and I feel as if, for the instance of each story, I am walking in their shoes One More Year is made up of stories of [...]

    16. I ve always enjoyed reading short stories, but it s not often that I come across a writer who has the ability to hold my attention with every story.Sana Krasikov s One More Year comprises stories either with Russian Ukranian characters and their relationship to each other and to assimilating in America.While the characters seemed almost unrelentingly depressing, I still found myself looking forward to the next story I found that I was not reading for the character development, but instead for th [...]

    17. A collection of stories relating the bleak stark, lives of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Urban America The dislocation between their current dreary lives and their aspirations is jarring I read the French translation entitled L an prochain a Tbilissi and the book may have lost something in translation, I found it difficult to get into the stories These stories are often a sad portrait of those in search of a better life, finding things are so much difficult in a country not your ow [...]

    18. Being that I m very similar in background and age to the author herself, Sana Krasikov, I found the book interesting in that a lot of my own life snippets were repeated in the stories Lots of little things were exactly the same, so it s nice to see it happening somewhere outside of my own home and experience However, her wording was very confusing The timeline in stories wasn t very steady and she jumped around a little bit between actions, further confusing the plots of all the little stories H [...]

    19. source FT review oct09 by john thornhillview excerpt book of eight short stories, focuses mainly on the disconnected lives of migr s as they try to establish coherent identities for themselves in the US She is an author of wry, and at times dazzling, talent But despite their promise and charm, her early stories fail to crystallise It is only in her final two tales, The Repatriates and There Will Be No Fourth Rome , when her subjects return to Moscow, that the book bursts into authentic lifemembe [...]

    20. I like the voice in these stories compassionate, tough minded, cosmopolitan and she has a light touch I admired In the metro I was met by the usual ocean of dour faces My God, I thought, these people have chandeliers in their subways They have sculpted arches and mosaics Their stations look better than the halls of some universities Couldn t they at least be delighted about that It was as if everyone in Moscow was suffering from exactly the same toothache And soon enough I d be suffering from it [...]

    21. This author surprises with her ability to observe and detail quintessential moments between people She s only 27, yet her observations approach a maturity only seen usually in the clarity of later years The thematic scheme gives away her young age, though The joining thread in each story is the break of a almost exclusively romatic relationship a subject typical of a writer in her 20s.

    22. It was an interesting collection of short stories about Soviet immigrants in USA Each story is a life changed and twisted, hopes lost and illusions shattered The lives of many are changed forever as a result of collapse of Soviet Empire In the fight for survival and better life, many generations are now estranged, children are neglected and the country that was so dear to them is lost forever.

    23. This book was written by a young woman who went to school with Greg from third grade when she immigrated frm Russia, thru high school She did not speak 1 word of English when she arrived I read the book before giving it to Greg and the stories are interesting, a little raw at times, but made special by references to local places, and just having know the author since she was a little girl

    24. This book is a collection of short stories about immigrants from various countries in the US It is really well written, and the characters are very vivid and well developed, I really enjoyed reading it I was hoping for a little bit of connection between the characters in the various stories, but there is none That is the only thing preventing me from giving it 5 stars

    25. I am glad I picked up this book when I did, due to recent events my interest in Russia was piqued This author writes beautiful stories mostly about women in America trying to improve their situations but yearning for their past and to be with the people they love I look forward to the author s first novel.

    26. Having never read a collection of short stories before, it didn t quite meet my expectations The short stories consist of women living in America or in Russia and shows how their lives have changed It was an alright read, but there was no character development and just normal problems your average person faces All in all, it was ok

    27. These are very very good stories about immigrants from the former Soviet Union, mostly taking place in NYC and surrounding environs Sharp, honest, unexpected But as good as they are, Krasikov s new novel is light years beyond I am now officially a fan Sue Russell, you would have loved these Here s to you, my dear.

    28. Krasikov quite successfully captures the modern day Russian emigr existence I assume Her stories portray characters of all ages, dispositions, and locations, struggling to make connections with each other and their homeland Only rarely does Krasikov s youth seep through.

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