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 motive on either growing and
destroying herself, on burning brightly at the same time 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 attractive 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 an exceptional activity at depicting the determined measures that really lonely humans can take up an try to belong. Her complex antiheroine, Anya, contains this moody tale correct to its disastrous end."
- Jennifer Croll, Georgia instantly most sensible Books of the Year

"Twin arms 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 resolution 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 demanding to shake. after all, taking the bus alongside with
Anya-now car-less-we think, like our narrator, a bit singed and
covered in ash. yet heck, probably that is not a foul option to commence 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 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 lady dwelling 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 within reach dual fingers nightclub, the top of exclusivity within the Russian group. determined not just to achieve front into the membership yet to belong there, Anya starts a deadly pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the possible impenetrable global 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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I introduced after the leopard tank afterwards. I knocked her within the mouth. Her dentures flew out and left a pink-gummed crevice. She squealed and that i observed her Soviet-era the teeth holiday into bits, enamel through the teeth at the rest room flooring, sliding underneath the lavatory. She coated her mouth and yelped. A gaping-mouthed outdated girl. She didn’t glance sinister anymore. She appeared outdated and negative. Lev’s spouse checked out me; she had hung again, saved her petal-pink swimsuit tidy and clear of my flailing palms. We checked out one another then and that i knew I had no correct to assault her.

Pregnant whereas fucking. Then marriage. Then leaving the village. The leopard woman hunted round the flooring for her enamel, each one porcelain nub, and that i eventually may go away. nobody used to be in my approach. Lev’s spouse gave the impression of she desired to strike me yet wouldn’t. the girl with the carrot-colored lips used to be wiping off and beginning over, attempting to freshen up her face. I driven out of the lavatory. Lev used to be status there, anticipating me. He seemed fraught, scared for the 1st time. He used to be asserting such things as, Devochka, are you ok, such things as that.

She blocked the door and that i seemed at the back of me. there have been no home windows. No stained glass. simply metal-doored toilet stalls and the Russian lady utilising her carrot-colored lipstick. the opposite chattering above me. the rest room attendant stayed mute. “Who you return with? ” the leopard girl requested me. the skinny girl stood close to the reflect along with her buddy, status quiet and nonetheless. She was once donning a petal-pink suit-skirt and patterned silk blouse. Her sneakers have been open-toed and published swollen feet. She had bunions, i may inform.

I used to be getting in the direction of the fires. I observed them at the facets of the highway. I observed fireplace vans within the distance. I wasn’t yes how shut they have been going to allow me cross yet i used to be going to push it. i needed to get just about the fires too. I observed fireplace hop over the line and visit the opposite part and move slowly up a tree. The hills have been smoldering. every little thing was once charred and black. timber have been black and gnarled and had charred nubs for limbs. They have been detouring us, the single vehicles left at the highway. I moved besides the automobiles and didn’t recognize the place i used to be.

I used to be getting impatient. “The different man stated at the mobile i'll come again and he’d permit me within the room. ” “Ma’am, I’m the single one right here. ” “I’m now not a ma’am. ” i used to be clutching onto glossy, slick brochures, published affordably and folded accurately. i used to be bending the edging to them. Stuffing them in my handbag. “What? ” He eyed me surprisingly. “I’m a omit, no longer a ma’am. Jason. He instructed me again. ” “I don’t recognize somebody named Jason. ” “Don’t you fresh the pool? ” I stated. “No one’s been swimming because the fires. ” I knew that wasn’t real.

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