Review: Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

Title: Our Country Friends

Author: Gary Shteyngart

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books / Allen & Unwin

The Blurb

It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters includes a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a Southern flamethrower of an essayist; and a movie star, the Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family. Both elegiac and very, very funny, Our Country Friends is the most ambitious book yet by the author of the beloved bestseller Super Sad True Love Story.

The Review

Previously I would stick with books even if I didn’t enjoy them. I persevered with the third LOTR book for 3 months just to get it over with but lately I am just not that same person. I Marie Kondo my books. If they aren’t giving me joy then I don’t carry on with them. I tried with Our Country Friends. I read three chapters and I just didn’t care about the characters so I DNF’d it. Maybe it was a bit too hasty and maybe I will come back to it at another point in my life but at this moment I just do not have time to read books that aren’t bringing me joy.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart is available now.

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