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One More Year: Stories


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Sana Krasikov is the author of the novel The Patriots and the collection One More Year. She's been a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The National Book Foundation named her one of its 5 Under 35 in 2008. For The Patriots she was selected as one of 2017's Best of Young American Novelists by Granta, and won the French Prix du Premier Roman for best new novel in translation. Krasikov's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Virginia Quarterly and other journals. She also writes and edits for podcasts, including the narrative international show Rough Translation on public radio.


In her stunning short story debut, Krasikov hones in on the subtleties of hope and despair that writhe in the hearts of her protagonists, largely Russian and Georgian immigrants who have settled on the East Coast. In "Better Half," 22-year-old Anya gets a protection order against her husband, Ryan, after he attacks her; he pleads for forgiveness, but, Anya realizes, "a future with Ryan would be like staying in Russia." In "The Repatriates" a man returns to Moscow--to his wife's disappointment--intent on applying to the Russian stock market some tricks he picked up on Wall Street. In "Maia in Yonkers," a Georgian immigrant is visited by her son, and the tensions are fierce and palpable. In "The Alternate," Victor meets the Americanized daughter of an old love from Russia. Though many of Krasikov's stories are bleak, there are swells of promise; even Lera, whose husband leaves her for another woman, "suddenly felt nothing but the most pure-hearted compassion for him, a kindness and forgiveness that almost broke her heart." Krasikov's prose is precise, and her stories are intelligent, complex and passionate. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

The fiction of post-Soviet immigrants has been gaining in popularity over the past few years but has mainly focused on the experience of Russians. In her first story collection, Krasikov, a native of the Ukraine, adds two other dimensions to this recent phenomenon: the experience of women in particular and of the peoples of the smaller Soviet republics (Georgia, Tajikistan, etc.) after the fall of the Soviet Union. Krasikov has noted the influence of the book of Ruth on her stories, which maintain a biblical surface calm while telling the stories of women caught in tough situations, having sacrificed security and prosperity for love or devotion (especially to children). The tone, however, remains fairly constant throughout, and many of the motifs are revisited once too often without enough contrast, which makes it hard to see the collection as more than a series of repeated technical studies, perhaps in preparation for Krasikov's anticipated first novel. The collection as a whole shows promise, however, and librarians should watch Krasikov's name in the future. A suitable addition to public libraries.--Sam Popowich, Univ. of Ottawa Lib., Ont. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Sana Krasikov's memorable characters emerge, fully formed and breathing on their own, from a deep, clear pool of seemingly effortless language, a knowing and incisive but empathetic sensibility. These stories are original, resplendent, and brilliant."--Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man

"Sana Krasikov is the real thing. Her stories take shape inside the specific world of emigres wrestling with language and loss and the stubborn details of survival, but they open into the largest of worlds and speak a universal language of heartbreak and desire."--Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies

"In her stunning short-story debut, Krasikov hones in on the subtleties of hope and despair that writhe in the hearts of her protagonists, largely Russian and Georgian immigrants who have settled on the East Coast ... Krasikov's prose is precise, and her stories are intelligent, complex, and passionate."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sana Krasikov's observations of the world her characters inhabit--full of big and small tragedies, laughable and lamentable incidents--are as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, yet her understanding of her characters--most often of their follies and imperfections--are tender and sympathetic. She treats every story as a novel, and the readers of these stories will, in the end, live with the characters beyond the space of a short story. These stories are the debut of a major literary voice shaped by the literary traditions both American and Russian."--Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers "Shrewdly humane and formally exquisite . . . Krasikov is as good as Junot Diaz and Jhumpa Lahiri were at this stage in their careers."--Miami Herald

"Stunning."--San Francisco Chronicle "Immediate, urgent, and gratifyingly real."--Entertainment Weekly

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