What Happened to Anna K

What Happened to Anna K

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Married unhappily to a prominent member of her tight-knit Russian immigrant community, vivacious Anna K. engages in a reckless affair with an outsider on whom she has pinned fleeting hopes for freedom.
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416558941
Branch Call Number: F REY
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 14, 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.

crankylibrarian Nov 01, 2011

The classic story reimagined in the insular world of Bukharian Jewish immigrants in Queens. Anna, Lev and Katia (standing in for Levin and Kitty) struggle with their conflicting identities as Russians, Jews, and would-be Americans:tragedy arises from their failure to distinguish their true natures from their fantasies. Poignant, beautifully written,with flashes of wry humor: the matchmaker hired by Lev's increasingly desperate parents coolly assesses his chances at Bukharian matrimony: "There is no need to think Ashkenazi just yet".

Aug 18, 2008

People magazine gave it 4/4 stars.


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