- Ben Stiller and Gary Shytengart in the trailer for "Lake Success."
In addition to being "one of his generation's most original and exhilarating writers" (the New York Times), Gary Shytengart knows a bunch of famous people—and has the juice to convince them to help sell his books. When his hilariously self-deprecating memoir, Little Failure, was released in 2014, Shytengart recruited a posse of A-list friends to be in the promotional video, including James Franco and Jonathan Franzen. (Franco plays Shytengart's husband; the kiss they share in matching pink bathrobes is darling.)Shytengart's latest novel, Lake Success, being released in September by Random House, is a bit of a departure for the Russian-born chronicler of the immigrant experience in America. Lake Success is the story of Barry Cohen, a myopic, narcissistic, deluded hedge fund manager who flees his millions and his troubled family in New York City to take a cross-country trip on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler life. This being a Gary Shteyngart novel, dark, emotionally-wrenching-yet-oddly-hilarious hijinks ensue. For the trailer to Lake Success released this week, Shytengart recruited Ben Stiller to be his bro-y partner in crime at Lake Success Capital.
Shytengart, who has a home in northern Dutchess County, will be hosted by Oblong Books & Music for a reading at Murray's in Tivoli on September 18 at 6pm. Tickets are $10.