How To Get Into the Twin Palms

By Karolina Waclawiak

"Just as Anya reinvents herself, Waclawiak's novel (her first) reinvents
the immigration story...At its so much illuminating, How to Get Into the
Twin Palms
 movingly portrays a protagonist cause on either growing and
destroying herself, on burning brightly while she is going up in smoke."
-New York occasions ebook Review

"Karolina Waclawiak's debut novel How to Get into the dual Palms is a quietly lovely exploration of assimilation and private identity."
- David Gutkowski, Largehearted Boy's favourite Novels of 2012


"Karolina Waclawiak's debut novel with the spunky little greenback Radio press successfully upends the immigrant-novel formulation (more vodka, much less upwardly cellular striving), yet she's additionally performed a good task at depicting the determined measures that really lonely humans can absorb an try to belong. Her advanced antiheroine, Anya, contains this moody tale correct to its disastrous end."
- Jennifer Croll, Georgia directly top Books of the Year

"Twin fingers has resonance, humor laid over a pulsing knot of emotion,
and a transparent, fresh voice that you will need to learn extra of in the
future."
- Insatiable Booksluts, Read This Book!

"Waclawiak writes approximately loneliness, isolation, and backbone in a clean and quirky way."
- Michele Filgate, New York Magazine

"Waclawiak's mixture of unhappy, darkish humor is compelling and creates an
other-ness that is not easy to shake. finally, taking the bus alongside with
Anya-now car-less-we think, like our narrator, a bit singed and
covered in ash. yet heck, possibly that isn't a nasty solution to begin over?"
- Larissa Zimberoff, The Rumpus

"The immigrant novel is a hallowed literary culture, but
Believer deputy editor Waclawiak's clean and peculiar reboot makes us
want to learn one million more."
- Emily Temple, Flavorwire's 10 New needs to Reads for July

"A taut debut... [that] moves with the creeping suddenness of a broom fire."
-Publishers Weekly (*starred*)

"Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. a very good addition to 1.5 iteration literature, fantastically written, humorous and touching."
-Gary Shteyngart

How to Get Into the dual Palms is the tale of Anya, a tender lady residing by myself in a Russian local in l. a., who struggles to maintain her mom and dad' Polish tradition whereas attempting to assimilate into her newly followed community.

Anya stalks the close by dual arms nightclub, the top of exclusivity within the Russian group. determined not just to achieve front into the membership yet to belong there, Anya starts off a dangerous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the probably impenetrable international of the dual Palms.

Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia college. She is Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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