Olga Grushin “The Line”
May 17th, 2011
It’s a line of people. A queue. People waiting outside a small, shabby kiosk for .. what? What are they lined up to buy? And how long are they willing to stay?
In Olga Grushin‘s novel “The Line” there are hints about what might ultimately be for sale, but even those hardy souls who spend hours, then days, then weeks, then months in queue, are never really certain.
Set in Russia in a vaguely defined place in time, Grushin’s story centers on one family, and how the line experience affects each of them. Part metaphor, part social commentary, part absurd comedy, Grushin’s book has been called “utterly brilliant” by the Library Journal.
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