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Oksana, Behave! (Hardcover)

| Spiegel & Grau | 3/19/2019

ISBN-10 : 0525511873   ISBN-13 : 9780525511878   List Price : $26.00

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An irresistible debut novel, a coming-of-age both fun and poignant, that follows a Russian American girl's bumpy path to adulthood, as all the while she longs for a homeland she never knew.Oksana, Behave! follows a young Russian American woman as she grows from a trouble-making but warm-hearted eight-year-old who wants to be good into a married woman on the threshold of becoming a mother. When her family begins their new American life in Florida, her father, a former Math Olympiad champion of Russia, delivers pizzas to make ends meet and her depressed mother sits home all day worrying. Oksana's feisty grandmother loves getting whistled at--though she's unaware, as mortified Oksana knows, that the street they're walking down is called Prostitute Street. As Oksana grows up, goes to college, falls in love and continues getting herself into trouble, as her grandmother retires back to Ukraine, her father gets a job at Goldman Sachs, and her mother knits endless scarves, Oksana's longing for a Russia she never really knew looms large in her imagination, mostly through the great Russian literary masters. At the center of the novel is Oksana's relationship with her life-loving, flamboyant grandmother, which deepens by the novel's end as Oksana visits her in Kiev and comes to a new understanding of how to embrace life and love without causing harm to the people dearest to her--though will Oksana ever quite learn to behave?

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0525511873
  • ISBN-13: 9780525511878
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 0.00 (d)
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