The Big Literary Successes of a ‘Little Failure’

978-0-679-64375-3Lauded author Gary Shtenyngart has penned hit novels including “Super Sad True Love Story” and “Absurdistan.” His newest book, “Little Failure” is his first memoir — because at “41 in Russian years, which is about 73 in American years,” he’s reached a moment of reflection in his life.

In this excerpt, Shteyngart recalls growing up as a Russian in red-baiting, Reagan-era America… which pushed him to such political conservatism that he saw a GOP election-night ball — circa 1988 — as a great place to score.