One More Year: Stories by Sana Krasikov
Release date: Tuesday, August 12, 2008
You know what I hate? When people say, “he/she is the next (insert name of famous author here)” or “the (insert ethnicity/gender/etc) (insert name of famous writer).” As in, Sana Krasikov is the Ukranian/Georgian Jhumpa Lahiri. Except, the thing is, Krasikov’s book of stories, “One More Year” really DID evoke Lahiri’s work for me. In fact, I have not read such fantastic short stories since”Interpreter of Maladies” (to be fair to Lahiri, I have not yet read her newest book, “Unaccustomed Earth,” which I hear is absolutely phenomenal).
Just as Lahiri deals with Indian immigrants, the majority of Krasikov’s stories involved immigrants from Ukraine, Georgia, or Russia. Occasionally the action happened in both the home country and the United States. This work dealt a broad range of aspects of the immigrant experience, including finding love and knowing oneself when your life has been uprooted. These stories were universally pretty depressing, perhaps all the more because they rang true. However, each also ended with at least a glimmer of, if not hope, then self-realization.
I have started liking short stories more and more, but I generally still don’t enjoy them as much as novels. Usually either the characters aren’t as developed as I would like in that short amount of time, or there is no closure at the end of the story. I didn’t feel that either of those things was a problem in even one of Krasikov’s stories. I felt that I understood each of her main characters and was satisfied with seeing that part of their life in each case.
In case I’m not making myself clear, I L.O.V.E.D. this book. LOVED it. If you have read and enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri, please go preorder this book NOW so you can get it next Tuesday when it is released!