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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Fiction. Jewish Studies. Equal parts Jane Austen and Gogol, THE COSMOPOLITANS casts a sharp and sympathetic eye on the foibles and rewards of family and life in America. This warm and exuberantly comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash, and the past has a way of emerging a ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Livingston Press (AL)
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Sometimes wry, sometimes off-putting book that reminded me far more of an updating of Tevye the Dairyman (Fiddler) than Austen. For those of us who befriended Soviet Jewish emigrés in the 80s, this really rings a bell. The device of switching between broken English and "fluid Russian" (in italics since it appears in translation) is a bit annoying. Everyone's Russian cannot sound the same -- fluent and unmarked.
Americans do not come off well in this story, which really made me smile.
Martha Samsell
This book is interesting to see how Russian immigrants live and the things they go through in the United States. I found it to be a good book
This is book is so funny and well-written that even my cat was impressed.
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Anne Kadet
Sweet, funny, restorative. Makes you happy to be human.
I read a lotta crappy books. This is the opposite of them.
Loveable characters.
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As a child, Nadia Kalman emigrated with her family from the former Soviet Union, and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, a town locally famous for once having had the second-largest mall in the country. Her short stories have appeared in publications both large and small, but mostly small. She now lives in Brooklyn, with her soul, more or less.
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