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Oksana, behave! : a novel

by Kuznetsova, Maria,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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CLP - Hazelwood Fiction Collection FICTION Kuznetsova
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction F KUZNET 2019 CRAFTON 3/19
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction KUZNETSOVA Maria
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC KUZNE
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Scott Township Library Fiction FIC KUZNET OKSANA
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South Park Library Fiction F KUZNETSO
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"[The] Ukrainian American heroine of this sweet-bitter debut is a wisecracking fatalist who can be counted on to say the inappropriate thing, a tendency that becomes more pronounced as doomed crushes and family crises pile up on the road to adulthood . "-- O: The Oprah Magazine

When Oksana and her family move from the Ukraine to Florida to begin a new American life, her physicist father delivers pizza at night to make ends meet, her cranky mother sits at home all day worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets from men. All Oksana wants is to be as far away from her family as possible, to have friends, and to be normal--and though she constantly tries to do the right thing, she keeps getting in trouble.

As she grows up, she continues to misbehave, from somewhat accidentally maiming the school-bus bully, to stealing the much-coveted key to New York City's Gramercy Park, to falling in love with a married man. After her grandmother moves back to Ukraine, Oksana longs for the motherland that looms large in her imagination but is a country she never really knew.

When she visits her grandmother in Yalta and learns about her romantic past, Oksana comes to a new understanding of how to live without causing harm to the people she loves. But will Oksana ever quite learn to behave?

Praise for Oksana, Behave!

"Tragicomic and bittersweet . . . an immigrant's coming-of-age tale done with brio." -- Kirkus Reviews

"What luck for readers that Oksana can't behave! Little devil, infinite imbecile, poor futureless child--all the names her displaced, loving family give to her as she crashes and burns and wanders the wilderness of her inheritance, fit perfectly. As outrageous as she is, as funny and as awful as she can be, though, in Oksana, Maria Kuznetsova has also created a character of great passion and depth--of tragedy, even, too--the very sort that populate the stories of Chekhov and Tolstoy, the poems of Anna Akhmatova, and all the other Russian writers Oksana looks to for comfort and company and some sort of bearing in this absurd world. This novel is a stark, hilarious delight." --Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize - winning author of Tinkers
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Oksana Konnikova is only seven when she moves from Kiev with her parents and flamboyant grandmother to Gainsville, Florida, in the early 1990s. A quirky child with an unfortunate mullet and a propensity for standing up to bullies, Oksana is constantly stepping out of line, committing transgressions such as calling 911 to (falsely) claim her grandmother is trying to kill her and attempting to blackmail her high-school principal in order to influence a school election, breaking up a marriage in the process. The death of her father while Oksana is in high school brings her deep-seated fear of loss to the forefront, which seeps into the poetry she writes. College doesn't prove any easier to navigate for Oksana when she falls hard for a player who will sleep with just about any girl but her. Oksana gets older and perhaps wiser, but her choices don't necessarily improve. And yet despite this, she is an utterly compelling, deeply flawed, and completely endearing character. I was nobody's first choice, the Ross Perot of real life, she laments in high school. Kuznetsova has created a heroine for the ages in her sparkling, piercingly insightful debut.--Kristine Huntley Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kuznetsova's standout debut offers a fresh and funny look into the life of a bold young immigrant woman. Told in a series of long vignettes, Oksana's story begins in her last moments in Ukraine as a young girl and traverses the U.S. from Florida to Ohio, the East Coast to the West Coast over the next 20-odd years. Along with her fiery, sexy grandmother, her gentle and brilliant father, and her nervous but loving mother, Oksana attempts to assimilate, but her efforts are thwarted by her own bad behavior. Known as "little idiot" to her family, Oksana seems incapable of taking on the role of Model Immigrant. In middle school, she attempts to blackmail the principal of her school; by high school, she has an illicit relationship with her troubled track coach. And in her young adulthood, she sleeps around and relies on substances to help repress her family's painful past. Using light humor, Kuznetsova tackles difficult themes in her sparky narrator's life; the nuances of trauma and campus rape culture are particularly well handled. While a yearning and affection for her homeland underlie much of the novel, Oksana's story is that of a young woman making her own place in a world both new and familiar. This accomplished and frank work is a new take on an immigrant girl's complicated coming-of-age. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Russian Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 259 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780525511878
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