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How to Get Into the Twin Palms
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Karolina Waclawiak is the author of the critically acclaimed novels How to Get Into the Twin Palms and THE INVADERS. AWOL, a feature she co-wrote with Deb Shoval, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Formerly an editor at the Believer, she is now the Executive Editor, Culture at BuzzFeed News. Karolina received her BFA in Screenwriting from USC and her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, VQR, the Believer, Hazlitt, and other publications.

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*One of the Best Books of 2012 --Salon"Waclawiak's novel reinvents the immigration story. How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke."
--New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice"The novel is beautifully written and so suffused with loneliness it makes you ache. Not only is How to Get into the Twin Palms about the overwhelming state that is displacement, it's about what happens when loneliness becomes unbearable. Waclawiak writes through these tensions so elegantly, so tenderly, that How to Get Into the Twin Palms is, by far, one of my favorite books this year."
--Roxane Gay, The Rumpus"Excellent... Waclawiak's book turns the traditional immigrant novel on its head, or maybe turns it inside out, or maybe just dyes its hair a nice shade of 'Black Stilettos, ' turning its ears black in the process."
--Flavorwire "Visceral and strong..."
--NYLON"Karolina Waclawiak has upended the immigrant's tale."
--The Week, Author of the Week"Waclawiak writes about loneliness, isolation, and determination in a refreshing and quirky way."
--Vulture "Waclawiak writes of Anya's struggle to belong with wit and sensitive insight... [a] fantastic debut."
--Shelf Awareness "Masked by scenes of schmancy nightlife is a story about an immigrant wanting to belong. Barely getting by in LA on bingo-calling, Anya reinvents herself. With hair dye and a push-up bra, she tries to gain entry into the Twin Palms nightclub."
--Marie Claire "Sex-crazed, surreal, dreamy, violent, escapist, and always searching for some kind of truth. The book makes me think of questions I ask myself all the time. How can you separate yourself from the generations of women that have come before you? Is it even possible? Do you like these ancient parts of yourself? Are you proud of them or ashamed?"
--HTML Giant "Karolina Waclawiak's debut novel, How to Get Into the Twin Palms, presents a vividly drawn portrait of Los Angeles inhabited by alienated immigrants, Russian gangsters, and sex-starved bingo-addicted octogenarians--all enveloped by smoldering fires that threaten to burn the city down."
--Christine Schutt, Poets & Writers "Comical, but the story is deep, as Anya bumps up against the world in an attempt to define her identity as both an immigrant and a woman."
--Shelf Unbound Magazine

"A taut debut... [that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching."
--Gary Shteyngart

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