Lake Success

Lake Success

A Book Talk with Author Gary Shteyngart and Suketu Mehta

Co-Sponsored with HIAS: The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 pm

$10 general ● $7 students/AJHS members/seniors ● 12$ at the door

Join us for a book talk celebrating the publication of Gary Shteyngart’s new novel Lake Success. Shteyngart will be in conversation with Suketu Mehta, NYU Professor of Journalism. Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

AJHS is currently processing the records of the organization HIAS – The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the organization that helped families from the former Soviet Union immigrate and resettle in the US. AJHS is also home to the records of several committees and movements working with and for Soviet Jewry since the 1960s.