What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn audiobook

What Happened to Anna K.: A Novel

By Irina Reyn
Read by Karen White

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Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov's boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world. In nearby Rego Park's Bukharian-Jewish community, twenty-seven-year-old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions: French movies and the lovely Katia. Lev's restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna's. But will Lev's quest result in life's affirmation rather than its destruction? Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.

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Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov's boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world. In nearby Rego Park's Bukharian-Jewish community, twenty-seven-year-old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions: French movies and the lovely Katia. Lev's restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna's. But will Lev's quest result in life's affirmation rather than its destruction? Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An exquisite contemporary love story...a 'Moscow on the East River' that explores issues of love and capitulation that transcend its particular ethnic milieu. The Philadelphia Inquirer
“An exquisite contemporary love story…a ‘Moscow on the East River’ that explores issues of love and capitulation that transcend its particular ethnic milieu.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“With all the finery of a Gucci handbag and a perfectly fitted mink coat, Reyn captures and reveals the intricately layered culture of sausage immigrants.” Booklist (starred review)
“Reyn’s sparkling insight into the Russian and Bukharan Jewish communities, and the mesmerizing intensity of her prose, make this debut a worthy remake.” Publishers Weekly
“White has a cool, pleasant tone that helps calm the over-the-top emotions of the story, and she reads crisply, moving the story along.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Irina Reyn

Author Bio: Irina Reyn

Irina Reyn is an author of What Happened to Anna K, Living on the Edge of the World, The Imperial Wife. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh and has reviewed books for Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and other publications. She was formerly the books editor for the online magazine Killing the Buddha.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English