A??Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist whoA??s also a world-class storyteller.A?A??Russell Banks Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusiveAmerican dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11. Set at the frontlines of a cultural war between idealism and cynicism, inalienable rights andimplacable Homeland Security measures, My New American Life is a movingand sardonic journey alongside a cast of characters exploring what it means tobe American.
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"Lula, a 26-year old Albanian immigrant, is working as an au pair for a moody teenager in suburban New Jersey. Ellen Archer eloquently portrays Lula's sharp intelligence and wit. A very believable Albanian accent graces Archer's utterances as Lula and as the Albanian acquaintances with criminal intent who unexpectedly turn up. Lula views post 9/11 America in recovery with perceptive clarity and sardonic asides as she contrasts her new home with the strife-ridden Balkans. Her experience as a stranger in a strange land is lightened by the hilarious missteps and foibles of her new American friends. Archer doesn't miss a step in delivering the nuanced tones of Lula's bittersweet past and her satirical analysis of both Bush-Cheney politics and the Balkan war. As Lula is pressured to deviate from the straight and narrow by the Albanian criminals, she optimistically strives to secure her U.S. citizenship--and the elusive American Dream. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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