How to Get into the Twin Palms by Karolina WaclawiakHow To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community. She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anyas apartment. It is Anyas wish to gain entrance to this seemingly exclusive club.
How To Get Into the Twin Palms is a really funny and often moving book that provides a unique twist on the immigrant story, and provides a credible portrait of the city of Los Angeles, literally burning to the ground.
How To Get Into the Twin Palms
She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya's apartment. It is Anya's wish to gain entrance to this seeminly exclusive club. Our math formulas are supposed to be amusing anecdotes, similar to shelf-talkers in bookstores that say "If you like X, you might enjoy Y," or " This Book is like Cormac McCarthy writing an episode of Saved by the Bell with a soundtrack by Philip Glass. Waclawiak's book turns the traditional immigrant novel on its head, or maybe turns it inside out, or maybe just dyes its hair a nice shade of 'Black Stilettos,' turning its ears black in the process. View the awesome HORN! Barely getting by in LA on bingo-calling, Anya reinvents herself.
After reading this review, I think I might pass. For the last thirty years or so, we have struggled to define whatever generation is coming of age. Douglas Coupland gave us what is still the best term, almost that long ago. Generation X. Since that term we've been deriving other phrases to describe what is essentially the same phenomenon; young people reaching adulthood without any society-defining challenge to rise to. As a result, X'ers, Y'ers, slackers, hipsters, and millenials, frequently saddled with student loan debt and with no frontier to escape to have floundered around in their identities until the social and material pressures of mainstream society settle them into a slightly less lucrative, slightly less comfortable, slightly less stable version of the lives their parents lived. Our generation's crisis is our carbon footprint; no wonder we flounder for direction.
There are not words for everything. For writers this, of course, is great news. These unutterable gaps are one of the aspects of language that Wittgenstein focused on in his philosophy. Wittgenstein fancied himself something of a poet. His Tractatus was meant to be a philosophical treatise of literary proportions, a poem of philosophy, not to be confused with a philosophy of poetics; Wittgenstein was not attempting to tackle poetry with philosophy, it was quite the other way round.
Karolina Waclawiak's “How to Get Into the Twin Palms” propels its protagonist in an unexpected direction. Rather than oscillate between her.
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And here we learn that Anya is a cataloger of stuff: bobby pins, hairballs, and ramen. My dark hair makes my eyes more cat-like and brighter in hue. More Eastern European. Less American. I am starting to make sense to them. I am taking off all my American skin. Killing my ability to pass for the Middle American and quiet and from here.
Immigration novels often work like playground swings, pitching characters forward into a new culture even as the old maintains its backward pull. Rather than oscillate between her Polish past and American present, Zosia, a year-old immigrant living in Los Angeles, yearns to become something else entirely: Russian. As if giving birth to a new self, she plucks the name Anya out of a baby book. Less arduously, she dyes her hair, paints her face and buys new clothes — all with the goal of winning entry into the Twin Palms, an alluring Russian nightclub in her neighborhood. Anya seeks not to break into American culture but to become a different kind of outsider.
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