Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure: A Memoir'

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When author Gary Shteyngart was seven years old, he emigrated with his parents from St. Petersburg, Russia to Queens, New York. As a small boy with severe asthma, he recalls sitting alone in the school cafeteria talking to himself in Russian and wearing a giant fur hat. Even his own mother used to call him "Little Failure." The author of "Absurdistan" and "Super Sad True Love Story" joins us to talk about his new memoir, which The New York Times has called "hilarious and moving."


Gary Shteyngart, author of the new memoir "Little Failure" and three novels, including "Super Sad True Love Story"