Super Sad True Love Story 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,… Super Sad True Love Story 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,… 2010-07-27 Comic Novels Fiction Random House
Book Review

Super Sad True Love Story (2010)

Gary Shteyngart | Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2010; Writer: Gary Shteyngart; Genres: Comic Novels, Fiction; Publisher: Random House

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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Originally posted Jul 21, 2010 Published in issue #1113 Jul 30, 2010 Order article reprints