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Natasha and Other Stories

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David Bezmozgis's remarkable stories have already been acclaimed in the US and Canada when three appeared almost simultaneously in the New Yorker, ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Alissa

More like a novel than story collection

by Alissa on Jul 15, 2009

This is a collection of short stories that reads more like a novel. The stories are all told by the same first person narrator who is a young boy in "Tapka" the first story in the collection and a grown man in "Minyan" the final story in the collection. The stories describe the experiences of a family of Soviet Era Russian Jews and their experience living as immigrants in Toronto. The stories are populated with real and interesting characters. The tone is stark and somewhat bleak. The realism at times makes us think that there must be a fair amount of biographical details, especially judging by the information about Bezmozgis provided on the jacket flap. The collection is on the short side. There is nothing earth-shattering or ground-breaking here. These are simple, but haunting stories told in a readable style.

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