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 such a lot illuminating, How to Get Into the
Twin Palms
 movingly portrays a protagonist purpose on either developing and
destroying herself, on burning brightly while she is going up in smoke."
-New York occasions booklet 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 buck Radio press successfully upends the immigrant-novel formulation (more vodka, much less upwardly cellular striving), yet she's additionally performed an exceptional activity at depicting the determined measures that really lonely humans can absorb an try to belong. Her advanced antiheroine, Anya, consists of this moody tale correct to its disastrous end."
- Jennifer Croll, Georgia immediately most sensible 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
- Insatiable Booksluts, Read This Book!

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

"Waclawiak's mixture of unhappy, darkish humor is compelling and creates an
other-ness that is challenging to shake. in any case, taking the bus alongside with
Anya-now car-less-we suppose, like our narrator, a bit singed and
covered in ash. yet heck, perhaps that isn't a foul approach to commence over?"
- Larissa Zimberoff, The Rumpus

"The immigrant novel is a hallowed literary culture, but
Believer deputy editor Waclawiak's clean and weird reboot makes us
want to learn 1000000 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 good addition to 1.5 iteration literature, superbly written, humorous and touching."
-Gary Shteyngart

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

Anya stalks the within reach dual hands nightclub, the head of exclusivity within the Russian group. determined not just to realize front into the membership yet to belong there, Anya starts off a dangerous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the possible 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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He won’t examine me. I’m pulling out the paper luggage choked with sausages, tightly hidden at the back of white butcher paper to masks the odor. the costs are scrawled at the outdoors with black wax crayon. The fours and nines are curved otherwise. The twos have a distinct gait. As I linger I listen Lev transparent his throat. i glance up and try to act shocked. He asks me to observe his motor vehicle, now not allow them to price tag him this time and laughs at his personal comic story that I don’t get. “What’s in there? ” He issues to my bag and I’m involved that it’s too invasive. “Kabanosy and kapusta. ” “Like an exceptional Polish lady. ” He smiles his smile at me, his sneer. i love that i've got a few pull with him. that i'm not only American. that i'm in the direction of him. that's my trick. “Do you will have a few? ” I ask. He pats his belly. “I need to pass upstairs. a celebration. ” “What have they got up there? ” “Russians. ” I smile at him and begin jogging away. inform him i'm going to, in truth, watch his motor vehicle. He laughs and tells me, “No, it was once funny story. i am getting another individual to ensure it’s ok. ” after which i do know he’s anyone. after which i do know i would like him much more. within the morning, Lev’s motor vehicle remains to be there. i ponder who he went domestic with. If one of many fur-coated women drove him domestic or if he went with them, to their houses, to their flats. the place he lives. in the event that they went extra east. towards Little Armenia, the place the opposite Russians stay or if he traveled to the valley the place the recent Russian households reside. those who moved the following within the early ’90s – the recent circulation. a special guy comes and strikes Lev’s motor vehicle. he's lanky and matted and that i watch him as he creeps into front seat and patiently pulls from side to side, attempting to get out of the tight spot. He swerves out in a single ultimate, impatient flip and drives down the road and disappears. After he strikes the automobile there's shuffling within the residences around the highway. the lads from Odessa start to open doorways, water vegetation. Come alive. it's morning and they're beginning the regimen in their day. Doing their chores so their better halves will allow them to sit down in garden chairs, on their balconies, and watch the vehicles circulate from side to side down the road. Our constructions are all squat, two-storied, with balconies. All a little bit an analogous, tan stucco or white stucco or beige, fading into each other. Nondescript and unobtrusive, continuously striving to be mildly friendly and to combination into the California panorama. yet our block was once assorted, apartment vegetation sitting outdoors, brightly beaded curtains haphazardly connected to the railing with butcher wire, and pale lace curtains within the home windows. We have been nonetheless ethnic the following. while humans walked by means of, they'd aspect on the home windows and say such things as, “Why are they drying their outfits outdoor? Aren’t they afraid they’ll get stolen? ” No one’s ever did. now not with Boris placing out his window daily, looking at every body cross via. I take a seat on my balcony and watch humans get out in their autos and stroll to the small retailers on Fairfax and imagine such things as, i used to be by no means an excellent lady, more than enough back to. And, i would like to be extra permissive, not like the other halves on my road.

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