Rob Brunner
July 21, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Super Sad True Love Story

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Gary Shteyngart
publisher
Random House
genre
Fiction, Comic Novels

We gave it a B+

In this smart send-up of our info-overload age, Gary Shteyngart (The Russian Debutante’s Handbook) imagines a not-too-distant-future America on the edge of collapse, a postliterate culture where books are dusty relics and communication happens through all-knowing personal electronic devices that display your income, blood pressure, and ”f—ability score.” The love-triangle plot unfolds through diary entries and e-mails, a gimmick that gets old pretty quickly. But Super Sad True Love Story is funny, on-target, and ultimately sad as it captures the absurdity and anxiety of navigating an increasingly out-of-control world. B+

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