Something Unbelievable


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$27.00  $24.84
Random House
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. Her first novel, Oksana, Behave!, was published in 2019. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and daughter, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Auburn University. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.


"Kuznetsova follows up her dazzling debut, Oksana, Behave!, with another lively tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter. . . . An introspective look at the stages of life and what means the most at each phase, Kuznetsova's second outing is an emotional powerhouse."--Booklist (starred review)

"Something Unbelievable is a high-wire feat of imagination and heart, told by two unforgettable women. It deftly chronicles the blurry days of new motherhood, the way our family stories echo across generations, and the messy power of matrilineal bonds with wisdom and tenderness and hard-won humor. I loved it."--Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

"Something Unbelievable is fresh, funny, and filled with messy family dynamics. What a delightful novel."--Diksha Basu, author of The Windfall and Destination Wedding

"Something Unbelievable gives you things hilarious, things heartbreaking, things gorgeous and perfect and irresistible on every page. This novel crosses generations, oceans, and empires but never misses a step. It is one more testament to Maria Kuznetsova's extraordinary talent. You'll read it hardly believing such a good book could be--yet here it is in your hands! Believe!"--Julia Phillips, author of the National Book Award finalist Disappearing Earth

"Maria Kuznetsova has written a vibrant, beautiful novel that takes us from a wartime village in Ukraine to modern-day New York City, from a stubborn, hilarious old woman to her exhausted, cynical granddaughter. Itβ€²s a story told by two very different women, in very different stages and places of life, bound together by their love for each other. It is a funny, deeply moving novel."--Anton DiSclafani, bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

"A portrait of family love in all its variations . . . compelling."--Kirkus Reviews

"From the very first page, Kuznetsova had me laughing out loud at eighty-something Larissa's acerbic, delicious wit, which rendered the retelling of her family's suffering during World War II even more devastating."--Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue