Best fiction books of 2010
Gary Shteyngart has always been too funny for his own good. Until now, that is. His third novel, set in the near future, when corporations have established a security state in America and reading is so rare it has become a sign of eccentricity, bristles with satiric gusto. Part of the pleasure of reading "Super Sad True Love Story" is watching Shteyngart mangle our contemporary world into a state more accurately resembling its chaos. Our obsession with youth, the pidgin English of online culture, the unsexy oversexualization of every aspect of public life — it's all here. And yet, the reason to read this book is that beneath this anger there's an affecting love story.