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Title Broccoli and other tales of food and love / Lara Vapnyar.
Author Vapnyar, Lara, 1971-
Publication New York : Pantheon Books, [2008]
Copyright date ©2008
Description 1 online resource (vi, 148 pages)
text file
Call # eBOOK
Contents A bunch of broccoli on the third shelf -- Borscht -- Puffed rice and meatballs -- Salad Olivier -- Luda and Milena -- Slicing sautéed spinach.
Summary Links food to lonely, loveless dating among recent Russian immigrants over six tales. The opening "A Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf" follows endearingly scatterbrained Nina, whose penchant for letting vegetables wilt in the fridge comes to symbolize her marriage. The warm, awkward "Borscht" centers on the monastic Sergey, who splurges on an affordable prostitute and finds the transaction doesn't go as planned. In "Luda and Milena", the two titular elderly women try to outcook each other to win the affections of Aron, the 79-year-old widower who is the prize single man of their ESL program. Vapnyar, who emigrated from Russia in 1994, draws the humor from her characters' pretensions and predicaments, but also finds a great pathos in their quiet--and not so quiet--desperation. She ends the collection with a blog-voiced roundup of recipes.
Subject Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Food -- Fiction.
Formulas, recipes, etc. -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Russians -- United States -- Fiction.
Fiction.
Emigration and immigration. (OCoLC)fst00908690
FICTION -- General.
Food. (OCoLC)fst00930458
Formulas, recipes, etc. (OCoLC)fst01753650
Man-woman relationships. (OCoLC)fst01007080
Russians. (OCoLC)fst01102429
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Humorous fiction.
Romance fiction.
Short stories.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: 0375424873 (DLC) 2007041537 (OCoLC)173809117
ISBN 030737761X (electronic bk.)
1299129099 (ebk)
9780307377616 (electronic bk.)
9781299129092 (ebk)

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