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Divide Me By Zero

by Lara Vapnyar

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Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar
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    Oct 2019, 360 pages

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Part immigration novel, part love story, part family saga, Divide Me By Zero follows Katya Geller from Russia to Staten Island, chronicling her loveless marriage and relationship with her recently deceased mother.

Divide Me By Zero begins with an encounter between the narrator, Katya Geller, a 40-something mother of two, and a fish seller in Staten Island from whom Katya is buying caviar. "I was brought up in the Soviet Union, where caviar was considered a special food reserved for children and dying parents," Katya says. The fish seller, another Soviet immigrant, understands Katya's meaning and the two lock eyes and begin to cry. This moment of intense connection between two strangers charts the course for Lara Vapnyar's frank and emotionally honest story of love and loss.

As Katya looks back on her life and the three romantic relationships that most significantly shaped her, the relationship with her mother remains the focal point of her reflections. Back in Russia before they immigrated when Katya was in her late teens, her mother had made her living as the author of mathematical textbooks ...

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