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Memoirs of a Muse

A Novel

by Lara Vapnyar

Memoirs of a Muse
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2006, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2007, 224 pages

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A lively meditation on female capabilities and happiness and on the mysteries of artistic inspiration. Novel

From the book jacket:  a poignant and comic first novel about a delightfully sincere modern-day muse. We meet Tanya as a typical Russian girl, living with her bookish professor mother in a drab Soviet apartment. As a teenager, Tanya becomes obsessed with Dostoevsky and settles on her life’s calling: she will be the companion to a great writer. Her memoirs tell of her immigration to New York after college, the stifling expectations of her Brighton Beach cousins, and the crucial moment in a bookshop on the Upper West Side, where Tanya attends a reading by Mark Schneider, a Significant New York Novelist.

Tanya soon moves in with Mark, ready to ...

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