What Happened to Anna K

What Happened to Anna K

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"Literate and fun, What Happened to Anna K. is an uncommonly ambitious book and one of the year's most amusing reads" (People, People Pick, 4 out of 4 stars).

Now in paperback, this modern-day retelling of one of literature's greatest novels has been hailed as a mesmerizing literary event, praised across the country for its voice, wisdom, ambition, and sheer storytelling flair. Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex K., an older, prominent businessman in her tight-knit Russian immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic and imperious woman when she meets her beloved cousin Katia's boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna launches into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world. Touching on struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable re-imagining of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by a "marvelous" (San Francisco Chronicle) young writer.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781416558941
Branch Call Number: REY
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 14, 2015

Reyn has chosen to taken the essence of Anna Karenina, using the New York City Russian-Jewish community for the setting and characters. 21st century people aren’t any more enthralled with a wife’s infidelity than they were in 18th century Russia. Beyond the story plot which you can read in many places, I was entranced with the variety of characters as well as what appear to be the insular communities of the Jewish immigrants. I’m glad I read this debut novel. Reyn was able to take me into a segment of American live of which I knew nothing.

crankylibrarian Nov 01, 2011

The classic story reimagined in the insular world of Bukharian Jewish immigrants in Queens. Anna, Lev and Katia (standing in for Levin and Kitty) struggle with their conflicting identities as Russians, Jews, and would-be Americans:tragedy arises from their failure to distinguish their true natures from their fantasies. Poignant, beautifully written,with flashes of wry humor: the matchmaker hired by Lev's increasingly desperate parents coolly assesses his chances at Bukharian matrimony: "There is no need to think Ashkenazi just yet".

Aug 18, 2008

People magazine gave it 4/4 stars.

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