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What Happened to Anna K.: A Novel

by Irina Reyn

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    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Irina Reyn updates the classic _Anna Karenina_ to the Russian diaspora of New York City.
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I'm ambivalent about this book. It was a really interesting story about the culture of Russian immigrants and Jews. There was really only one person that I could say wasn't deeply flawed. The book was a well-written study of human character and relationships. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
I'm ambivalent about this book. It was a really interesting story about the culture of Russian immigrants and Jews. There was really only one person that I could say wasn't deeply flawed. The book was a well-written study of human character and relationships. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
I think this book would have been a lot more meaningful if I'd actually read Anna Karenina already. But as it was, it was a very interesting story, well written and entertaining. And it made me want to read the original even more than I wanted to before! ( )
  MizPurplest | Sep 21, 2015 |
Reyn has chosen to taken the essence of Anna Karenina, using the New York City Russian-Jewish community for the setting and characters. 21st century people aren’t any more enthralled with a wife’s infidelity than they were in 18th century Russia. Beyond the story plot which you can read in many places, I was entranced with the variety of characters as well as what appear to be the insular communities of the Jewish immigrants. I’m glad I read this debut novel. Reyn was able to take me into a segment of American live of which I knew nothing. ( )
  brangwinn | Apr 14, 2015 |
I really liked this. Granted, I've never read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, but this seems true in spirit to the original, if modified. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Anna K. was not the only pale woman in black shearling to glide along 108th Street in Rego Park, but she was the most striking.
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Married unhappily to a prominent member of her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens, vivacious Anna K. engages in a reckless affair with an outsider on whom she has pinned fleeting hopes for freedom. Reimagines Tolstoy's classic tragedy, Anna Karenina, for our time.… (more)

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