David Bezmozgis: Natasha and Other Stories

(Short Stories, 147 pp., 2004)

Bereft of money or English skills, the Bermans have departed Brezhnev-era Riga to settle in Toronto.  Told in the restrained but slyly humorous voice of their son Mark, these seven stories span two decades, recording the narrator’s growth and the family’s efforts to adjust to their new life and cope with its disappointments.  

  • Discussion questions  from Union for Reform Judaism
  • Review by Daniel Schifrin, Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2004
  • Review by James Wood, London Review of Books, December 16, 2004
  • Review by Meghan O’Rourke, The New York Times, Jun 27, 2004
  • Review by Richard Eder, The New York Times, Jun 8, 2004
  • Review by Harvey Gorssinger, Houston Chronicle, July 22, 2004
  • Review by Keith Gessen, The Washington Post, June 20, 2004
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