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eBook My New American Life: A Novel ePub

by Francine Prose

  • ISBN: 0061713767
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Francine Prose
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Pages: 320
  • ePub book: 1367 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1455 kb
  • Other: rtf docx mbr txt
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 627

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My New American Life book.

My New American Life book. Francine Prose captures contemporary America at its most hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorous novel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusive American dream.

My New American Life: A Novel. Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller

My New American Life: A Novel. Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller. Russell Banks Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11.

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Also by Francine Prose. They were always telling Lula she should write a memoir about her old Albanian life and now her new one in the United States. Don even had a title, My New American Life. Chapter One. The day after Lula’s lawyer called to tell her she was legal, three Albanian guys showed up in a brand-new black Lexus SUV. She had been staring out her window at the drizzly afternoon and thinking that the mulberry tree on Mister Stanley’s front lawn had waited to drop its last few leaves until it knew she was watching. Lula had a better title, Stranger in a Strange Land, but she’d already seen it in the public library. Maybe she could still use it.

Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller.

My New American Life: A . .has been added to your Cart. Nothing is beyond the artistic reach of Francine Prose"-Shelf Awareness. Prose succeeds by transforming anxiety into compassion-it's a little lever that gets tripped when we truly imagine what another person feels. Prose spins the many straws of American culture into a golden tale, shimmering with hilarious, if blistering, satire. -Helen Simonson, Washington Post. -San Francisco Chronicle.

Francine Prose has just such a sharp protagonist in her wry novel, My New American Life, a book that brims .

Francine Prose has just such a sharp protagonist in her wry novel, My New American Life, a book that brims with smart surprises. Then again, as she notes, everyone in George Bush and Dick Cheney’s America seems to be worried: It was just a matter of time before someone on Fox News got the bright idea of sending back the Pilgrims. Lula is alert and full of longing and beautifully out of place.

My New American Life. Prose’s characters in MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE are complex and brilliantly drawn (culturally distinct but without the usual clichés). Prose is dazzling in her sixteenth book of spiky fiction, a fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story that subtly embodies the cultural complexity and political horrors of the Balkans and Bush-Cheney America. Simon Van Booy, Bomb Magazine. Nothing is beyond the artistic reach of Francine Prose - Shelf Awareness. A tangy mixture of satire and sentiment.

“Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist who’s also a world-class storyteller.”—Russell Banks  Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusiveAmerican dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11. Set at the frontlines of a cultural war between idealism and cynicism, inalienable rights andimplacable Homeland Security measures, My New American Life is a movingand sardonic journey alongside a cast of characters exploring what it means tobe American.

Comments

Xava Xava
Mildly amusing novel about a young Albanian immigrant's experiences in darkest New Jersey, but not as funny nor as pointed as it could have been. Lula, the likeable central character, left Albania to settle (illegally) in New York. She has moved from waitressing in a mojito joint to a more stable but terminally dull position as a live-in nanny to a teenage boy, over the river in Jersey. The boy's (liberal if boring) father and the father's best friend, a very liberal lawyer, are working to get Lula legally established. That's where matters stand when love enters the picture in the form of an Albanian hoodlum in a black SUV. Complications complicate, and Lula eventually emerges, heading back across the George Washington Bridge, with New Jersey left behind.

There are some touching characters in the book, particularly Lula herself and Zeke, the teenaged boy. But most of the rest of the people in the book are either cardboard figures, crazy people, or sad sacks. Similarly, there are a good many truly funny apercus about American culture in the age of Homeland Security, but there is little sustained humor. I thought about abandoning the book midway, but I decided I didn't want to leave Lula in New Jersey.
I love Mercedes I love Mercedes
Excellent, fast- paced dialogue and sharp insight into cultural differences, especially Lula's take on American cultural stereotypes while growing to recognize the complex reality.
LadyShlak LadyShlak
An engaging read although I thought the authors petty denigrations of George Bush and his administration were unnecessary. Otherwise the story holds your interest and the main characters are rich in character
Tansino Tansino
Our book club had a lengthy discussion about this book: does the author like America, or not? This is a quirky look at how immigrants orient themselves to our quirky society, using quirky characters to tell the tale. Ultimately affirming America, friendhips & family.
Chankane Chankane
Well written. It kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Both the motivations and fears of an immigrant and her take on American culture were expressed.
Enalonasa Enalonasa
My New American Life is a great look at American culture. I loved Lula's voice, energetic and fresh, in the story and learning about Albania and the Balkans. I really had to laugh out loud at the Cheney references and in many other places where Lula compares her former life in Albania to the American way of living.

The story is extremely well written and I feel flows along at a good pace. I loved not knowing exactly where the story would go due to Lula's three "cousins." So much could have happened, but it was interesting to me that the author used this chiefly to shine the light on Lula's sponsor/employer's American dream destruction. I enjoyed the characters in the book and found them all to be realistic. Haven't we all known a Mister Stanley? And Zeke is a great portrayal of an average American kid raised with money and lots of material stuff. I found it fascinating how those from other countries view Americans and American living. I feel I have a much better understanding of foreign views and truly get why the seek out others from their own countries. Americans give too much lip service to being a melting pot, while pretty much shutting out those from other cultures unless it's to give them work.

What I loved best of all is that Lula gives herself the right to reach out for true freedom at the end. I don't want to say too much more so as not to spoil this for others, but I loved that while she appreciated Mister Stanley's help and adored Zeke, she knew she needed to move forward with her life. I can just see that she will live out her own version of the American Dream no matter what.

I loved My New American Life and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great story, especially readers who are interested in learning about other cultures along the way. It would make a great book club read as it brings up many issues that beg to be discussed. Overall, good, satisfying, humorous and thought-provoking read!
Binthars Binthars
The book is entertaining, but at the same time gives a critical insight to the current American follies, youth culture, politics etc. I recommend it to anyone who is not a right-wing fanatic.