Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel

by Anya Ulinich


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*A New York Times Notable Book*

“Funny, painful, outrageous . . . Anya Ulinich is the David Sedaris of Russian-American cartoonists.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Anya Ulinich turns her sharp eye toward the strange, often unmooring world of “grown-up” dating in this darkly comic graphic novel. After her fifteen-year marriage ends, Lena Finkle gets an eye-opening education in love, sex, and loss when she embarks on a string of online dates, all while raising her two teenage daughters. The Vampire of Bensonhurst, the Orphan, Disaster Man, and the Diamond Psychiatrist are just a few of the unforgettable characters she meets along the way. Evoking Louis C. K.’s humor and Amy Winehouse’s longing and anguish, and paying homage to Malamud and Chekhov, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel is a funny and moving story, beautifully told.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143125242
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,221,042
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anya Ulinich is the critically acclaimed author of Petropolis, which was awarded the Goldberg Prize, named a best book of the year by The Christian Science Monitor and The Village Voice, and translated into ten languages. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, n+1, and Zoetrope: All-Story, and she has taught at New York University and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Praise for Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel

“An honest and absorbing tragicomedy about love, sex, and everything that goes with them. . . . The result is an affecting portrait of how we become who we are and how we try desperately to be who we want.”
—Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining intellect . . . Ulinich follows her debut with a graphic novel chronicling a young immigrant writer’s adventures through family, friendship, and sex. It’s fitting that Ulinich’s protagonist shares a first name with the creator of Girls. . . . The book shares terrain with the Dunham verse, being the story of a creative young woman’s emotional fallout from sexual exploits in neobohemia. . . . engagingly expressed as short, comic strip–like vignettes.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Funny, painful, outrageous . . . Anya Ulinich is the David Sedaris of Russian-American cartoonists.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure

“Intelligent, sincere, and painfully funny, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel is  the divorced women’s Maus.”
—Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, A Knock on the Door

“Fun, lively, dirty, honest, outrageous, and deep.”
—Jami Attenberg, author of The Melting Season  and The Middlesteins

“This book will make you laugh so hard you’ll get stares from strangers. In crisp, mordant prose, Anya Ulinich lampoons bohemian Brooklyn parents, bad aspiring writers, and elusive emo boys. But make no mistake: she is deadly serious on female desire and her ultimate subject, the search for selfhood. Lena Finkle will stay with you long after her journey ends.”
—Amy Sohn, author of The Actress and Prospect Park West

“Hilarious and heartbreaking in exactly equal measure. Anya Ulinich’s uncompromising artistic vision is glorious, unique, and rare.”
—Emily Gould, author of And the Heart Says Whatever and Friendship

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