How to Get into the Twin Palms

How to Get into the Twin Palms

by Karolina Waclawiak

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Overview

* One of the Best Books of 2012 —Salon
"Waclawiak's novel reinvents the immigration story. How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke." —New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

How To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents' Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community. She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya's apartment. It is Anya's wish to gain entrance to this seeminly exclusive club. How To Get Into the Twin Palms is a really funny and often moving book that provides a unique twist on the immigrant story, and provides a credible portrait of the city of Los Angeles, literally burning to the ground.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review

Just as Anya reinvents herself, Waclawiak's novel…reinvents the immigration story, shaving off some bits, accentuating others and dressing the whole thing up in a fresh outfit…Like the nightclub in its title, Twin Palms brims with smoke: characters puff cigarettes, eat smoked fish and watch ash fall from nearby forest fires. Anya gets burned both by the man she pursues and by the California sun. At its most illuminating, How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke.
—Abigail Deutsch

From the Publisher

*One of the Best Books of 2012 —Salon

"Waclawiak's novel reinvents the immigration story. How to Get Into the Twin Palms movingly portrays a protagonist intent on both creating and destroying herself, on burning brightly even as she goes up in smoke."
New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

"The novel is beautifully written and so suffused with loneliness it makes you ache. Not only is How to Get into the Twin Palms about the overwhelming state that is displacement, it's about what happens when loneliness becomes unbearable. Waclawiak writes through these tensions so elegantly, so tenderly, that How to Get Into the Twin Palms is, by far, one of my favorite books this year."
—Roxane Gay, The Rumpus

"Excellent... Waclawiak's book turns the traditional immigrant novel on its head, or maybe turns it inside out, or maybe just dyes its hair a nice shade of 'Black Stilettos,' turning its ears black in the process.”
Flavorwire

  "Visceral and strong..."
NYLON

"Karolina Waclawiak has upended the immigrant's tale."
The Week, Author of the Week

"Waclawiak writes about loneliness, isolation, and determination in a refreshing and quirky way.”
Vulture 

"Waclawiak writes of Anya's struggle to belong with wit and sensitive insight... [a] fantastic debut.”
Shelf Awareness 

"Masked by scenes of schmancy nightlife is a story about an immigrant wanting to belong. Barely getting by in LA on bingo-calling, Anya reinvents herself. With hair dye and a push-up bra, she tries to gain entry into the Twin Palms nightclub.”
Marie Claire 

"Sex-crazed, surreal, dreamy, violent, escapist, and always searching for some kind of truth. The book makes me think of questions I ask myself all the time. How can you separate yourself from the generations of women that have come before you? Is it even possible? Do you like these ancient parts of yourself? Are you proud of them or ashamed?”
HTML Giant 

"Karolina Waclawiak's debut novel, How to Get Into the Twin Palms, presents a vividly drawn portrait of Los Angeles inhabited by alienated immigrants, Russian gangsters, and sex-starved bingo-addicted octogenarians—all enveloped by smoldering fires that threaten to burn the city down.”
—Christine Schutt, Poets & Writers 

"Comical, but the story is deep, as Anya bumps up against the world in an attempt to define her identity as both an immigrant and a woman.”
Shelf Unbound Magazine 

"A taut debut... [that] strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937512057
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 773,007
File size: 444 KB

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