Product Details

$17.99  $16.73
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
5.56 X 8.39 X 0.69 inches | 0.5 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Julia May Jonas is a playwright and teaches theater at Skidmore College. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.Vladimir is her debut novel.


"Delightful...a witty dance with the ghost of Nabokov and a razor-edged commentary on academia at our current fraught moment...by turns, cathartic, devious and terrifically entertaining." --Jean Hanff Korelitz, The New York Times

"A virtuoso debut...our unnamed narrator [is] so witty, sharp and seductive that, as a reader, I was pretty much putty in her hands." --Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

"Vladimir goes into such outrageous territory that my jaw literally dropped at moments while I was reading it. There's a rare blend here of depth of character, mesmerizing prose, and fast-paced action." --Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

"Jonas, with a potent, pumping voice, has drawn a character so powerfully candid that when she does things that are malicious, dangerous and, yes, predatory, we only want her to do them again." --Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times

"A deliciously dark fable of sex and power... Earmark an entire afternoon to devour this propulsive story of obsession, scandal, and transgressive desire." --Esquire

If Netflix's The Chair, Lisa Taddeo's best-seller Three Women, and the most compelling passages of Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands had a love child (just go with me here), it would be this fiction debut. With a title character who's a sought-after young novelist new to a college faculty, Vladimir leaves the reader with more questions than answers--about sex, and sexual politics--in the most delicious way. --Entertainment Weekly

"Jonas's narrator is a work of art in herself." --The Washington Post

"Timely, whip-smart, and darkly funny." --People (Book of the Week)

"[Vladimir] soldiers into charged territory... with an unreliable and at times almost defiantly unlikable narrator at the helm. This woman is no joke. She's ravenous--for rich and indulgent meals, big sloshing glasses of wine and sneaked cigarettes... In taking this older woman's desire deadly seriously, Vladimir proves seductively subversive." --USA Today

"Funny, wise and instantly engaging, Vladimir is how I like my thrill rides: brainy and sexy." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go Bernadette

"Outrageously fun... Jonas unravels a taut and bold narrative about power, ambition, and female desire." --Time