Gary Shteyngart with Maeve Higgins at Murmrr

June 4, 2019, 7:30 PM

17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Murmrr Lit is proud to welcome Gary Shteyngart for a reading and conversation with comedian Maeve Higgins about his newest novel, Lake Success. Tickets are $15-25 at Murmrr.

In this biting, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times, two imperfect, brilliantly realized characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making. Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face.  

“There’s life in the old road trip saga yet. That’s just one of the many things that Gary Shteyngart’s spectacular, sprawling new novel Lake Success affirms…. An artistic tour de force.” Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air  
Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Super Sad True Love StoryAbsurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. His memoir, Little Failure, was named one of the best books of 2014 by more than 45 publications and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times MagazineGrantaEsquireGQTravel + Leisure, and many others.

Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, and cohosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and has appeared on WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens and Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Her book Maeve in America was published has been featured in PeopleParadeGood HousekeepingRefinery29, and more. Maeve co-hosts the climate justice podcast Mothers of Invention with Mary Robinson.