Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Short stories

Paperback (04 Feb 2021)

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Synopsis

'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

Book information

ISBN: 9780349012681
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 12390
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 198g
Height: 128mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 29mm