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Natasha and Other Stories

David Bezmozgis captures the immigrant experience with wit and sympathy in this collection of stories.

David Bezmozgis

This collection of sharply observed, linked short stories chronicles the experience of the Bermans, a family of Russian Jews struggling to adapt to a new life in suburban Toronto. Learning a new language and getting used to different customs prove a challenge for Mark and his parents, Roman and Bella. Both heartfelt and wryly humorous, Natasha and Other Stories offers a memorable take on the immigrant story.

Natasha and Other Stories was a finalist for Canada Reads 2007, when it was defended by Steven Page.

From the book

Goldfinch was flapping clotheslines, a tenement delirious with striving. 6030 Bathurst: insomniac scheming Odessa. Cedarcroft: reeking borscht in the hallways. My parents, Baltic aristocrats, took an apartment at 715 Finch fronting a ravine and across from an elementary school — one respectable block away from the Russian swarm. We lived on the fifth floor, my cousin, aunt, and uncle directly below us on the fourth. Except for the Nahumovskys, a couple in their fifties, there were no other Russians in the building. For this privilege, my parents paid twenty extra dollars a month in rent.


From Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis ©2004. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

Interviews with David Bezmozgis

Two time Giller nominee, David Bezmozgis, joined Shad in May of this year to discuss his culturally complex coming of age book, "Natasha and Other Stories" and its adaptation into a feature film. He also delves into the day-to-day hardships of changing homes and the suspicion, even conflict, between waves of immigrants. 17:19

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