Still Here

Still Here

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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A profound and dazzlingly entertaining novel from the writer Louis Menand calls "Jane Austen with a Russian soul"

In her warm, absorbing and keenly observed new novel, Lara Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age.

Vica, Vadik, Sergey and Regina met in Russia in their school days, but remained in touch and now have very different American lives. Sergey cycles through jobs as an analyst, hoping his idea for an app will finally bring him success. His wife Vica, a medical technician struggling to keep her family afloat, hungers for a better life. Sergey's former girlfriend Regina, once a famous translator is married to a wealthy startup owner, spends her days at home grieving over a recent loss. Sergey's best friend Vadik, a programmer ever in search of perfection, keeps trying on different women and different neighborhoods, all while pining for the one who got away.

As Sergey develops his app--calling it "Virtual Grave," a program to preserve a person's online presence after death--a formidable debate begins in the group, spurring questions about the changing perception of death in the modern world and the future of our virtual selves. How do our online personas define us in our daily lives, and what will they say about us when we're gone?

-- New York Times Book Review , 100 Notable Books of 2016
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101905531
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive - Distributor

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Jan 10, 2018

I do not like to read, and never really finish a book. However, I really enjoy reading this book. When I was reading it, I could totally picture it in my head. So true and so real.

Jul 02, 2017

I enjoyed "Still Here"! I liked the characters, who were all too human. This is the first novel I have read where social media becomes a character in the story. The novel was funnier than I had expected, quirky and engaging. I'd like to discover more of Lara Vapnyar's books.

Aug 20, 2016

Could not involve myself in the characters. Seemed trite and predictable. Did not finish.


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