Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Lake Success

When his dream of the perfect marriage, the perfect son, and the perfect life implodes, a Wall Street millionaire takes a cross-country bus trip in search of his college sweetheart and ideals of youth in the long-awaited novel, his first in seven years, from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story.Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry ...

Details Lake Success

TitleLake Success
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Novels

Reviews Lake Success

  • Emily May
    The roof garden was divided into roughly two demographics: capital on one side, and cultural capital on the other. It wasn’t quite as split as a Hasidic wedding, gender-wise, but it was close enough, and Barry worked up the gumption to leave some of his Wall Street bros behind and wade into the more dangerous territory of feminine culture-meisters. Lake Success contains some interesting themes and I can see why the critics are eating it up. It'...
  • Liz
    3.5 starsLet me start off by saying the main character, Barry, is a total and complete asshole. If you don’t like books where you dislike the main characters, this is one to steer clear of. Barry, to me, was fingers on the blackboard grating. I mean, what is it with the bloody watches? This is someone you want to feel something for, in a positive way, but I couldn’t. His son is on the severe end of the autism spectrum. All those dreams of a n...
  • Ron Charles
    Adjust your expectations when you pick up Gary Shteyngart’s “Lake Success.” His new book is not insanely funny nor hilariously absurd.It’s better than that. A mature blending of the author’s signature wit and melancholy, “Lake Success” feels timely but not fleeting. Its bold ambition to capture the nation and the era is enriched by its shrewd attention to the challenges and sorrows of parenthood.Barry Cohen, the glad-handing protago...
  • Jill
    There has been a lot of talk about what constitutes the American novel but for my money, Success Lake is the American novel for these times.Although the Trump election is not front and center it pervades everything; it’s a time when amorality and greediness are “punished” by a slap on the wrist. Into this poisonous atmosphere leaps Barry Cohen, a hedge fund manager of a This Side of Capital (lifted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of ...
  • Dan Friedman
    In Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart channels what Philip Roth called “the indigenous American berserk” with sympathy, humor, and pathos. Always funny, Shteyngart encapsulates his deep understanding of contemporary America into the lives, loves, and failures of Barry and Seema Cohen ”during the year 2016, at the start of the First Summer of Trump.” Barry and Seema live in rarefied Manhattan in which the mother of a three-year-old boy worries ...
  • Susan Kennedy
    Nope, I can't do it; I can't continue to try to read this book that I hate. I despise the characters and the story isn't captivating at all. I've tried to give it a chance, but when I look at the book and try to read another page it is painful to think about. Definitely not the book for me. Maybe for someone else.I don't get them at all. Rich and snobby? Completely withdrawn from their child because he is Autistic? They are shallow and nothing is...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, Shteyngart’s 2010 dystopian masterpiece, will remain one of my 50 favorite books of all time. Its haunting prescience convinced me that technology and social media had already dominated and intruded on our lives to chilling, sinister effect. Some of it is already dawning—the way we can destroy lives with Facebook or Twitter is just one example of the way we live now. LAKE SUCCESS isn’t quite as epic, and although ...
  • Drew
    Hmm. It's either a brilliant Candide-esque satire of the clueless wealthy idiots who got us into our current mess (maybe they didn't vote for Trump but they thought about it!, etc) or it's a tone-deaf straight white liberal male asking questions about how we got here. And if you finish a book and wonder which one it is... chances are the answer isn't going to be positive.Gary Shteyngart is the first of his cohort to bang out a proper Trump-respon...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (2.75) I’ve rarely felt so conflicted about a book. When I started writing up my Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review (published here this past Sunday), I had little idea of what arguments I was going to make. (You can tell me whether you think I succeeded in making them!) I could almost have written the whole thing as a series of questions. What did I actually think of Lake Success?I could appreciate that it was a satire on the emptiness of the Amer...
  • Donna Davis
    “’All I know is I never had any advantages,’ Barry said. ‘I wasn’t even lucky enough to be born to immigrant parents.’”Schteyngart’s wry new novel takes a swift kick at the funny bone of the American ruling class. My thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the review copy. Barry grew up as the son of the pool guy, the man that serviced the swimming pools of the wealthy. Now between one trade and another—some of it inside, s...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    We meet Barry Cohen in the summer of 2016, an early middle aged hedge fund manager. His life is about to implode, and actually has EXploded in a less than civilized way as he flees his enviable digs in the Flatiron District sporting scratch marks on his face, headed for the Port Authority and a Greyhound that will deliver him, he hopes, to a simpler, cleaner, more fulfilling life with his college girlfriend. The fact that the suitcase he has hast...
  • David
    I don't quite know what this novel wants to say about ourselves and our times, but I can say that my Kindle told me I was 44% of the way through the book (about 145 pages) before I looked up from this novel and said “Why I am actually concerned about the fate of all these loathsome people?” I think that is a sign that this book can be read for the sheer love of good story-telling, no matter what you think about the book's characters, or its m...
  • SueKich
    Gary on Greyhounds. Gary Shteyngart writes with an energy that makes most other writers today look like they use their keyboards as pillows for resting their sleepy heads. He chooses the archetypal symbol of capitalism through whom to tell his story, a financial wunderkind who has a complicated relationship with his (now dwindling) wealth. But the real subject here, beneath the topline plot, is the state of the nation. Or, to be more precise, the...
  • Gene
    Some unique, puzzling aspects of this book:Virtually every character is identified, immediately, by their race or ethnicity. The narrator is whatever the opposite of colourblind is: colour comes first, then everything else. I’m unsure of the purpose of this.Objects, on the other hand, are assigned dollar values. This actually makes sense much of the time as Barry, the protagonist, has a limited amount of cash on him on his trip, but it’s stil...
  • Kalen
    **** 1/2I've never devoured a book so quickly in which I hated all of the characters. I need some time to think about this one because I read it so fast (today) and there is so much to process. Fantastic, complex book.
  • Kristen Beverly
    This is probably Gary Shteyngart’s most accessible novel to date. It is like a re-coming-of-age story of an older Jewish man of wealth, as his marriage is falling apart and his son has been diagnosed with autism. In this book, Barry is one of the most honest characters I’ve ever read. Nothing is held back and there are no niceties. All his faults & thoughts are laid out for the reader to pick apart. But by the end, I was still rooting for him...
  • Mary Lins
    “Lake Success” was the first novel I’ve read by Gary Shteyngart, and what thought-provoking, heartbreaking, fun it was!Our protagonist, Barry Cohen, a rich, watch-obsessed, hedge fund manager, staggers into the NYC Port Authority drunk and bleeding. Well now, I think, this is an intriguing start to a novel. So I let Shteyngart, via Barry, sweep me along with him on his bildungsroman across the US of A, via Greyhound Bus. On the trip, phone-...
  • Jan Thullen
    Barry Cohen, hedge fund guy, is on the run from his so-shiny life, autistic son and some very poor decisions. It's a strange and funny road trip. I loved most of it and enjoyed this as a break from a lot of serious fiction. Look elsewhere if you want a morality play or an admirable main character.
  • Jo Dervan
    Barry Cohen was a 40 something Princeton grad who had grown up with a working class father. He had fantasized about what would make the perfect life: wealth, an attractive accomplished wife and three perfect children. As the head of a once successful hedge fund, he had the wealth even though the Feds were breathing down his neck about financial misconduct. His wife Seema was a younger, beautiful, first generation Indian American who had a success...
  • Matt Trowbridge
    Lake Success tracks the mid-life crisis of Barry Cohen, a "struggling" hedge fund manager with a crumbling marriage and a severely autistic three-year-old son. After a brutal dinner party and subsequent nervous breakdown, Barry gets on a Greyhound to find his college girlfriend in El Paso, Texas to set his life back onto what he believes to be the correct course.Gary Shteyngart takes the reader via Barry through an intimate tour of several major ...
  • Charlie
    So much of Gary Shtenygart's new novel Lake Success, his first since the 21st century masterpiece Super Sad True Love Story, feels like a series of blatant writing challenges affixed to each other, as if the Oulipo had sent Shteyngart a hefty packet in the mail threatening him to fulfill these requisites or he can never write about sadsack Jewish men ever again. What are these challenges, then?1. Write a novel about one of the most hated types of...
  • Diane Payne
    I'm relieved this satire had some Anti-Trump characters I could relate to, since I had a hard time conjuring any connection with these millionaire hedge-funders. Even though the novel was relatively fast-paced, and somewhat humorous, for me, the best writing was at the end when our main character finally returned home. We had to hear so much about his Greyhound bus adventure, as he was on the bus adventure, then again after the bus adventure was ...
  • Katie
    2 1/2 stars really, rounded up for some decent writing and an author I really love. I will preface this by saying I really enjoy Gary Shteyngart's writing. I have a special place in my heart for Super Sad True Love Story. I enjoyed the sad funniness of Little Failure, and was thrilled to meet him years ago. He is expert at writing the sad-sack, clueless, male doofus character, that ultimately becomes lovable along the way. Barry is not that chara...
  • Jake
    I got a free copy of this from goodreads. It is the story of a clueless hedge fund multi-millionaire who self-destructs his family and hits the road on a Greyhound bus to see America and try to recover his college days. The book kind of has a Franzen feel, with deeply flawed characters who you still root for, but they feel a bit more comic. This is particularly true of the protagonist, Barry, who is great at making money even when he loses other ...
  • Maren
    I should start with the admission that I deeply love Gary Shteyngart's writing. If I had a knack for writing, I would work to write like him. But I don't, so I read him instead :)Lake Success flies through a lot of topics: wealth, status, parenthood, lost relationships, autism, America, etc., etc. but I think it's ultimately a book about time, and how it only moves in one direction, forward. Once the main characters accept the forward motion of t...
  • randy
    Totally disgraced, middle-aged, self-absorbed hedge fund manager abandons his family and takes a Greyhound bus cross-country in search of his college sweetheart during the 2016 election? Ridiculously funny. And per usual, Shteyngart has his thumb on the often ludicrous and always true pulse of our times.
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart is a highly recommended thought-provoking tale of a mid-life crisis.Hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen has packed his suitcase full of expensive watches (and no change of clothes) and is running away from home via Greyhound. There are several reasons for Barry's exit: he is drunk; he had a fight with his wife, Seema; he is distressed over his son's diagnosis of autism; and he is facing a SEC investigation. His decision...
  • Matthew Budman
    In person, Gary Shteyngart is so extemporaneously funny that I always find his fiction a bit of a letdown—for whatever reason, the comic sensibility doesn't quite translate to the page. But that's OK—he deftly juggles whimsy and melancholy, and the result is always readable. I never considered giving up on Lake Success even though I truly didn't care for it.The central character is another Shteyngart sad sack, except not lovable in the slight...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: Lake SuccessAuthor: Gary ShteyngartPublisher: Random HousePublication Date: September 4, 2018Review Date: August 27, 2018I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Here’s the blurb description:“Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigati...