Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972. His books include The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, Little Failure, Lake Success and Our Country Friends, and have won numerous awards, been a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award and were New York Times bestsellers. Gary’s books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in 30 countries.