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Super Sad True Love Story

written by Gary Shteyngart

Granta | ISBN 9781847082497

Paperback – 272 pages

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Staff Review
One half handwritten diary entries the other half text entries from a global teen account.
Set in the very near NY future where banks and corporations own and have lost control of the economy and society. China is calling in its’ debts whilst Norway and Venezuela poised to take over completely.
Nearly 40, Lenny Abramov falls for Eunice Park, despite his low hotness rating. In this undesirable, but conceivable future, every social animal must have an apparat i. These devices are used for social networking, rating people's hotness, personality & net worth, live, uncensored and completely public. The social fabric itself depends on this.
An astute, satire on our facile current love of instant social gratification and a genuine story of love, Super sad true love story gives a glimpse of what the outside universe see of us.
A perfect “printed, bound media artefact” to read betwixt tweets & facebook updates over summer.
By Maryanne Marsh

In a very near future a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary. Despite his job at an outfit called 'Post-Human Services', which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century. He TOTALLY loves books (or 'printed, bound media artifacts' as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel 24-year-old Korean-American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in 'Images' and a minor in 'Assertiveness'. When riots break out in New York's Central Park, the city's streets are lined with National Guard tanks, and patient Chinese creditors look ready to foreclose on the whole mess, Lenny vows to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, there is still value in being a real human being.

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